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Petpet Name: Rayan
Pet Name: Keruno
Breed: Fire Seti
"Ah, no! I'm out of Odorra Pods again!"
Keruno turned his bag of supplies upside down, in the hope of still finding and extra Odorra Pod, but the only things that fell out were a few flasks of water, some Sutek beans, a tiny bottle of Voidberry Extract, a Dried Blusop, and a Chomato that was about to go bad. Keruno sighed. Being a travelling healer had one big disadvantage: you could only take so many different kinds of supplies with you, and you always ran out way too quickly. The "village" he was currently visiting consisted of about five shabby huts and was 10 kilometers away from Sakhmet City, the nearest place where he could get Odorra Pods. It would take him half a day to go to Sakhmet, get the pods, and get back to the village. However, since there was a baby Aisha with a very high fever in the hut behind him, he didn't have that much time.
"Well, I guess it can't be helped. Rayan!" Under a nearby palm tree, a sleeping Fire Seti pricked up his ears. "Come on sleepyhead, I've got a job for you!" Keruno laughed. The Seti stretched himself, yawned, and then walked up to his owner. "Alright, listen up. I need you to go to the market in Sakhmet City, find the yellow Grarrl that runs the food stall, and buy me seven Odorra Pods." Keruno wrote the order down on a piece of paper and put it into a little bag, along with some Neopoints. He then gave the bag to the Seti, who clenched it into his mouth. "This should be enough. Don't play on the way home, now -- I need those pods as soon as possible. You got that?" The Seti wagged his tail confidently. "Well, off you go then!"
Keruno smiled as he watched his faithful companion take off. It still amazed him how fast Rayan was, even for a Seti. He knew Rayan would be back within the hour and decided to take a break. Without the pods, there wasn't anything he could do anyhow. He leaned against the hut, closed his eyes, and thought back to the day he met Rayan...
It's been three days since Keruno left his village. Three long, dry days under the scorching sun of the Lost Desert. It's also been two days since he ran out of water.
Really, Keruno, he thought to himself, you were born and raised in the desert, and you still think you can make it to Sakhmet with just one measly bottle of water? He sighed and tried to swallow, but his throat was too dry. He was about to give up hope when he saw a small glistening in the distance. An oasis? Keruno's heart jumped at the thought of being able to drink and he mended his pace. As he came closer, however, Keruno's heart sank. This was probably once a beautiful oasis, but it had completely dried up. There was only a small puddle of muddy water at the center of the pool, nothing more. "Well, it's better than nothing." Keruno tried to collect as much water as possible, but he only managed to fill up his bottle about a quarter of the way. "I guess this will have to do for now," Keruno sighed. He took a small sip, put the precious water in his bag, and went back on his way.
About half an hour later, Keruno heard a strange sound. He stopped walking for a second so he could listen closely, but he didn't recognize it. There wasn't anything here that could actually make a sound, anyway. Just sand, sand, and more sand. Except for... Keruno squinted his eyes. There was something small and dark, lying in the sand ahead. Keruno cautiously approached it and saw that it was actually a young Seti. The strange sound he had heard was the Seti's heavy breathing. Keruno bent toward the creature and noticed that his leg was injured -- probably a bite from a Mastyxi. The poor thing looked up to him, as if he was begging him for help. Keruno hesitated for a second, then reached into his bag to take care of the Seti's wound.
"Alright, this should do." Keruno was rather happy with his work, but the Seti still looked a bit weak. "You must've been lying here for quite some time, huh? I bet you're even thirstier than I am..." Keruno hesitantly looked at the little water he had left, then sighed and poured it into a small bowl. "It's all I have, so you'd better be careful with it!" he warned the Petpet. The Seti immediately started drinking and only stopped when there wasn't a drop of water left. "Well, at least someone enjoyed it. Best of luck, little one, I have to get going." Keruno stood up and wanted to leave, but the Seti grabbed the ring around his tail with his teeth and pulled, as if he wanted Keruno to walk the other way. "But I have to go to Sakhmet," Keruno said, "and Sakhmet is that way!" The Seti didn't let go. "Alright, have it your way," Keruno sighed. The Seti let go of the ring and limped away, with Keruno close on his tail.
A few minutes later, the Seti suddenly stopped at the top of a hill. "What is it now?" Keruno asked. "I really need to go to Sa--" Keruno's jaw dropped. Right in front of him was a huge, beautiful oasis. It was so very unlike the one that he had come across earlier that day. He immediately rushed toward the crystal-clear water, bent down, and started drinking. After a few gulps, he noticed from the corner of his eye that the Seti was sitting next to him, patiently waiting until he had quenched his thirst. In a way, Keruno had the feeling that this could become a special friendship...
Keruno suddenly woke up from his daydream when he heard a loud yelp. Upon opening his eyes, he saw Rayan sitting in front of him. The bag between his front legs looked a lot heavier than when he had left. Keruno grabbed the bag, opened it, took the pods out, and got up. "Good work, Rayan. I'm proud of you -- as usual." Keruno reached into his pockets and threw a Grackle Bug toward his companion. Rayan snatched it out of the air and started munching on it right away. Keruno smiled and then went inside to get back to work. A very special friendship, indeed, he thought.
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