Inky clouds covered the sky. Chill winds whispered between the overgrown trees. Rain tapped lightly against the umbrella of thick leaves, unable to get through. The night was drawing near. And in the dark, all sorts of mischievous creatures came out to play...
“Ta-da~! Here we are~!”
A cheerily chiming voice popped the ominous atmosphere like a pinprick against a balloon. Wavering lantern light revealed an energetic young woman. Blonde locks framed a soft set of brightly grinning features. Dressed in a sly, black jumpsuit, she blended in with the shifting shadows. Her golden gaze gleamed with a playful spark.
Kin hoisted the lantern, letting its light illuminate the goal. Once upon a time it had been a marvelous mansion, home to a powerful mage and his servants. Three floors filled with beautifully decorated rooms. Now it was only a decrepit shadow of its former self. Dusty, broken... And tilted to the side a little.
The trickster glanced at the poor soul she had dragged along for this adventure. “Amazing, isn’t it? The local bandits say it’s haunted.” Well, she had mysteriously forgotten to mention that detail until now. When she first pitched the idea to her guild mate, she had led with the classic ‘hidden treasure’ approach. Funny how that worked.