“Oh, hello ma’am. Welcome to our clinic…” Mei said cautiously, reaching into her sleeve in case this person decided to attack. The clinic was basically empty except for a few people waiting for their turns to see the doctors. If they started a brawl here, it might not end well.
“Are you here for an appointment?” She asked as her little panda yipped from her shoulder. The tiny thing jumped onto the counter and growled at the woman, a little jumpy from the last time an alchemist came into the clinic.
She smiled. “Don’t worry, I’m not here to cause chaos. I’m just lost.” The panda was glanced at nervously. “Sorry if I made you uneasy.”
“I see.” The panda slowly returned to Mei’s shoulders and the girl returned her knife to her sleeve.
“So how may I direct you to your destination? Just a fair warning, I’m still pretty new to this kingdom.” She spoke. Her right hand motioned to a vacant chair on an adjacent wall to the counter, in case the woman wanted a rest.
“Oh,” she said. “I was trying to get to the capital.” Taking a seat, her legs were crossed. “Kingdom?”
“You mean…you don’t know?” Mei blinked in surprise. She was sure everyone here knew about the Central kingdom…
“Are you a foreigner by any chance?” She asked, her fingers busy with a sheet of paper she had been folding since before the woman arrived. That could be the only explanation, she thought.
“Yes,” she said. It was the easiest explanation. She must have been pranked by Truth again. That must be it.
(Sorry my replies are so short.)
((That’s alright. I keep posting these to my main blog xD))
“Well, this is the Central Kingdom of Amestris. The capital is a few hours away on foot.” Mei pulled out a map that she herself carried around inside her bag and laid it out on the floor before her. The map was a little on the big side, but it held what was important.
“We’re here…” She placed a kunai straight onto a street that ran outside the clinic, then placed another one nearer to the center of the country. “And this is the capital. I’m sure you can find someone running a taxi service nearby to take you there. It wouldn’t be longer than an hour and a half on a horse-drawn carriage.”
The panda climbed down and yipped, pointing to a river separating the central from the southern central. “There’s a tool bridge that runs right here, but I don’t know if the taxi will pay, or if you’ll have to split the cost.