He hid behind a tree near the place of his destination. It was this small building with a plain exterior and a fairly spacious lawn. Surrounding it was a cantilever gate, some trees, and a row of hedges that form a kind of barrier that marked the boundary of the area.
Only when Adrian got to see a group of children did he realize that it was an orphanage.
They all went out to meet and greet Maruschca together with their female caretaker. He looked around for more details, but he realized that they were the only people there. Though it's too early to come up with a conclusion, he couldn't help but sigh in relief when he found no male adult around.
"Hey, who are you?"
Then, he froze.
Adrian is caught off guard the moment someone calls his attention, but after realizing that the person sounds like a child, he calms down right away. There is no way that he will be intimidated by a toddler, much less let whoever this is bust him out. Besides, his disguise is perfect, so there is nothing to worry about.
With that, he turns around but only to find that there is no one there. Nonplussed, he then blinks and scans around his surroundings for a moment longer. Even then, he still found no one.
"You don't look like you're from around here."
Just when Adrian thought that he was only hearing things, he finally got to realize that it was coming from above the tree. With a puzzled expression, he tilts his head up to see the child, and sure enough, there is one - a little girl around the age of ten or eleven.
She has long black hair that is dyed in red from the middle up until its wavy ends. While her face that is riddled with band-aids seems to be a little concerning, her eyes have the richest shade of red that he ever saw - so deep and fierce that they somehow penetrate through his soul.
"Who are you? And what's with the hoodie and the hat? You look gloomy in them," she asked while she only continued sitting on the branch of the tree with her legs dangling below her.
"That doesn't look safe, kid. Get down here. How did you even get there?" he replied with a concerned expression, both feeling worried that she might fall and evading the question on purpose.
"You talk like you never climbed a tree before. Then again, you don't look like you're getting enough fun and exercise. Must be a boring childhood."
"Are you making fun of me?"
"I'm just saying my opinion."
"Look, I'm only concerned 'cause that tree is pretty high. Accidents can happen anytime. So, get down."
"No, I won't. You ain't my mommy-"
"I can see your panties too."
Startled, she hastily grabs the hem of her skirt and pulls it down, but with how abrupt the action is, she ends up putting too much force that she accidentally slips from the tree branch. While she screeches in surprise, he reacts flabbergast
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