Kitti and Hades[/size]
The business of darkness could not always restrain itself to the nighttime hours. In the instances when this night activity seeped over into the daytime, it was almost certainly taking place where shadow abounded. This time, the business was one that had been commonplace in the darkness since the beginning of time. The hour was early, the sun just beginning to show signs of waking and spreading its light over the town.
From inside one of the structures, clearly of poor repute judging by the generous amounts of filth on it, a small sound so easy to miss could be heard if one listened closely. The reek of alcohol permeated the building and no one seemed awake at this time, the buildings had all gone to sleep as the night faded, but the sound gave a different impression. It was lucky that none were awake to hear the sound in this part of town, else the maker of the sound might have been caught. It was always this way, each morning, as the slender girl moved around the room.
The clicking of her heels on the wood floor was the source of the barely audible sound, not nearly enough to wake those who had been drinking so heavily the night before. From the pants on the floor, the girl extracted a money pouch with lithe fingers. Her hair was slightly mussed but she was fully clothed in the slip of a dress she always wore for this, gauzy black slit up to the hip. Without any approximation of embarrassment, the girl slipped out of the cheap room and into the hallway of the silent building.
No one else was awake yet except the proprietor of the building, who nodded to her familiar face as she exited. The light from the rising sun blinded her for a moment when she got out the door. Bustling away before anyone could see her, the girl made her way to a building not far away, intent on changing her clothes.
Before the girl could make her way up the stairs to the room she rented, she heard her name being called from below.
"Hey! Anani!" she turned to face whoever it was, the corners to her mouth making a subtle frown. The owner of the building.
"I'll pay you when I get back down!" she returned, continuing up the stairs.