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An exercise in self-humility.

 ***Okay, I have a NPC or two in this one, so if any of the admins don't 
want me to have any, I'll rewrite the chapter. And also chapter one was 
too damn short, so here goes chapter two*** 
 Chapter 2: Flashback in the Cave 
 Sakura, fast asleep in the cave, dreams of the last time he saw his loved one, 
Damius, and wonders if he'll ever see her again. 
"I want you to be careful at sea, there's all kinds of dangerous monsters and 
the sorts out there, and you've heard the rumors of these 'borg' things, you nev..." 
Damius cuts Sakura short, "Hey! Don't be so overprotective!" She laughs. "These 
'borgs', there just rumors, you never know until you see them through your own eyes!" 
Sakura still looks worried, "Well, anyway, I'm sure your brothers will take care 
of you, I...I suppose I'm not THAT worried, and this gives me a chance to get away from 
you for a while," Sakura laughs. 
"Oh! Shut up!" Damius joins in on the laughter. 
"Damius, when you come back...we'll search for the sword, together." Sakura says seriously. 
"Yes, oh yes! It will be a grand adventure! But for now, I have to go, I will see you next 
month. Before I go, I want you to take care of this for me, until I get back," Damius hands Sakura 
a penadent, "It's a good luck charm." 
Sakura gently kisses Damius, they both are trying to hide back tears. Damius runs to the boat 
she is travelling on, "I love you! Take care of Nuk-Nuk for me!" 
Sakura is awakened by a familiar face. 
"Sleepy, eh Sakura? Long time no see, last time I saw you was about three months ago, when I 
left your partnership, right?" Says a middle aged man. 
"Nos!?" Sakura seems surprised and pretty upset, "No Nos, you left our quest a year ago!" Sakura 
says angrily. 
"Oh really? Time sure flies, doesn't it?" Nos says. 
Nos was about fifty years old, he had gray hair, a patch over his eye, a sword strapped to his 
back, and was quite tall, around 6'4". 
"What are you here for, Nos? To rub in you found 1,000,000 gold pieces!? To say you found
ancient 
weaponary that could sell for millions?" Sakura says, still angry. 
Nos laughs, "Ha! Ha! Ha! Damn, I wish! The reason I'm here..." 
Sakura interrupts, "Forget it Nos! I'm not going with you on one of your 'grand adventures'!" 
Sakura begins to walk out of the cave, but Nos, grabs his shoulder. 
"You're a hard man to find Sakura, I've been looking for weeks for you. Look, I came for a few 
reasons, I won't to say I'm sorry for leaving you're party, really I am," Sakura still seems upset, 
"But...I'm sorry about what I heard of your girlfriend, it must be rough on you, and finally, 
I want to give you this," Nos hands Sakura 500 gp. 
Sakura shakes his head, "No, Nos, I don't accept donations, I don't what your money, take it
back." 
Nos takes the money back, "Alright, it was your call." Sakura begins to walk out of the cave. "One 
more thing Sakura, be careful you've heard of the borg haven't you?" Sakura nods, "Be careful, I
heard 
that they can kill anything...so be careful. 
"Nos...don't worry, you're talking to Sakura here!" Sakura hops aboard Nuk-Nuk and touches his
penadent, 
"I've got a job to do, Nos, you should have one, too!" 
Nos laughs, "I do have a job to do, looking after you! Make sure not to run into any leafers!
Good-bye!" 
Sakura laughs and rides away, as he thinks about it, he was glad to see Nos, in fact, he was really
happy 
to see an old friend, he knew that their paths would cross again, and he knew that he would do
whatever it 
takes to find Damius, get a little adventure on the way, and find the crystal sword. He knew he
wouldn't fail, 
he couldn't.