The sun shone through the narrow window, illuminating a small table set before a man leaning back, a tablet in hand, his smile satisfied yet humorless in its execution. He heard the the footsteps down the hall as a man entered. He didn't budge as the man tapped the stone archway, "Aiden...." It was Sergeant Xeren, someone Aiden has been working with for over 6 years & one of the few people in existence he was joyed to call a friend. "How are you doing?" he asked, standing meticulously to be in the presence of a Brave even though they have known each other for years. "Xeren... don't do that, that's not why I asked you here." Aiden sighed as he slid the tablet onto the table. "The other Braves are arriving soon & that means we'll be off soon" he said with annoyance in his voice, "Beside that, you're to be the next Captain of the Guard, I've sent my recommendation up to the palace & it should get done soon." Aiden leaned back as Xeren came forward & read the tablet, "I get why you need a replacement & all, but this says you have no intention of ever taking up the position again, are you sure about this?" "Of course I'm sure, otherwise I wouldn't have bothered, fate or the Goddess" He said with disdain, "Would have me join the other Braves to fulfill the quest. The only thing that results of this adventure is to return in fame, which I prefer retirement to than having to be conversation piece, or death, in which case, a replacement captain would be needed anyway, I trust the way you work & I doubt the palace cares too much beyond their own walls to invest time picking a new appointment." Xeren looked tired as he took a seat on the bench across from Aiden who was lost looking away. "So then you're invested?" "I guess so... The Saint of Blades is already here, I think she might be looking for me, & then theres the matter of Naiv." "What about her?" Aiden leaned back up and wrapped his hands & sighed, "She was selected as brave too unfortunately." "Sorry to hear that, but is it really that bad? Its a great honor to be a brave." Aiden scowled a bit & spent a moment thinking, "Depends on how you look at it, you know I am not a fan of the Goddess ....its just all silly, but I wouldn't want Naiv involved in this if it could've been help, but I know the way the world thinks of this 'duty' so my objections would be lighter than air anyway." Aiden stood himself up & grabbed his belt & gear off a stand, strapping it on as he continued to speak with Xeren. "I know I can be difficult Xeren, so for the time we've worked together, thank you, you've made my time here easier." Aiden walked over to Xeren, he stood at attention & stuck his hand out for a handshake. Xeren frowned & stood up, he grabbed Aiden's hand & pulled him in, embracing him into a hug. "Theres still more to the world than you're willing to believe Aiden, don't let what you saw take you to a cold grave." Aiden was stunned for a moment at Xeren's audacity before taking a step back after he released him. "Hmm" He turned & walked towards the doorway, picking up a parchment as he did so. Turning his head, he said one last thing to Xeren, "Remember the world doesn't stop for us." & with that he left. The chatter of the market filled the air as he left the guard house, people chattered about & merchants moved their wares. Guards patrolled vigilantly, making marks of anyone attempting a crime in this city. A relaxing cool breeze swept across Aiden as he looked at the names on the parchment again, The Saint of the Hunt, The Saint of Blades, The Saint of Time were among those chosen, he had heard murmurs of a 4th saint being chosen as a brave but had no idea who the last Brave was according to those who were publicly known. He began to head home, it was most likely best he have a talk with Naiv before the other saints all arrived.