Episode 5

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"What do you mean? I thought we had an exit strategy planned out months ago!" Inquires the shrill of Nalith, running behind Rocas through a tunnel that he, himself, commissioned. Cracks can be seen running every which way on every side of it, suggesting a massive amount of havoc happening above. A large rumble occurs, causing dust and dirt to fall, and for the two of them to stop. Rocas chokes back some frustration.

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"I have told you before that plans can change. The evacuation of the Varus is still key. I'll be using another exit is all, I'll be right behind you." He says, almost rehearsed. Another rumble. Both of them look at their rings, and answer the call.

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"RocasAlloy is dead. I have no idea where Lystara went. I'm not gonna pretend to be responsible for Glavian. I have Shaz and Lili. We waiting on you?" Asks Paradigm. He looks up at Nalith. She shakes her head like he already said something drastic.

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"Wait on Nalith." He answers. "I have other things to tend to. I'll meet up with you when I can." He looks up at her and she is furious.

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"Curator?" Asks Paradigm. She doesn't answer through the ring. But rather to Rocas' face.

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"It's her, isn't it?" She demands. His face doesn't change.

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"I have to make sure Dali is okay." He explains.

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"And what about your future, Rocas? Our syndicate is being tossed around, leadership dying quickly, and you're thinking about the well being of some old bitch that left you in the mi-" She stops speaking when his palm collides with her cheek. His face has changed. She peers directly into his eyes again, unashamed of what she said. She is stunned a bit, due to the slap, and that she has never seen him like this.

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"Without my promise to said old bitch," He says, "I am worth nothing to the syndicate." He finishes as he is prying a ring off of his hand. She recognizes it as her first trophy from her heists. Then, after what has transpired, she finally begins to tear up. He hands her the ring and closes her hand around it.

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"You're done with this, then?" She asks. He shakes his head, still looking at their conjoined hands.

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"You gave this to me. It is mine to leave. I will return for it." He finishes as he lets his hands slink off her fist lithely. He then puts his hood up and begins down the tunnel, leaving her, poised and secluded. She wanted to ask if that was a promise. She wanted him to answer. She wanted so much for anything than what was happening. But, she needed to be elsewhere.

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"Don't wait for either of us." She says, after clearing her throat. "Curator will meet you in Sharn. Keep minds quiet until then." She then tosses her first heist ring aside in the dirt. She begins heading the other way.

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Dust falls again, dimming an already vast darkness.

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Episode 5

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