The little girl stares at Faisal, confusion and doubt clouding her face. “But… you’re a kobold”, she says weakly.
The warrior attempts to smile reassuringly, but quickly stops, remembering that the effect is more disconcerting than comforting. “Yes, nuryeni", he says gently. “The Sarenrae has returned me in this form for Her own reasons.”
She stares for a long moment, tears welling up in her eyes. “It’s really you?”, she asks.
Faisal is almost knocked over as the girl flings herself at him, dropping to her knees in order to hug the smaller creature. He is surprised by the flow of tears and quiet sobs as she clings to him.
“They said you were gone forever. That they couldn’t bring you back.”
The warrior gently pulls the child back and looks into her teary eyes. "But The Eternal Light had other plans. We cannot question this. But I am here now, and will always come back.”
The girl’s upset turns to anger as she pulls her hands from his. “Don’t promise that! My mother said she would always be here for me! And now they’re both gone too!”
Faisal lowers his snout. “Perhaps you are correct, nuryeni. I should not promise what I cannot control.”
The child lifts the shield shaped amulet from around her neck, holding it out to the kobold. “They gave me this when they told me you were gone. Your sword is in my room. It’s too heavy for me to carry around.”
Faisal accepts the amulet with a nod. “You will grow strong enough for the larger blade, talib. It is now far too large for me to use, and will remain yours.”
Awkward silence reigns for a few moments. Tears well up and the girl again grabs the kobold in a tight hug. Faisal holds her gently, feeling more like a father than a teacher.
“I have never asked your name. I wish to correct that omission.”
The little girl releases the hug, giving the warrior a bright smile.
“Sera. My name is Sera.”