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Zaheer awoke to the sound of ringing chains in which were his fettered arms. He was standing in a metal chamber along with K'rin, whose face was tarnished by bruises. Her hair was out of its braided bun and hanging loose over her face. She looked to Zaheer without a word to say.
Zaheer asked the question, "K'rin, where are we?" K'rin did not respond. "Where are we?"
"I'm not sure. The last thing I remember was the Dai Li. They were closing in on our trail so I tried delaying them. Where have you been."
"It's not important." Zaheer looked around. "Where's Anu?"
"I wouldn't know. If they got him, he would probably be here with us. So it's safe to say he wasn't captured. But even if he wasn't taken, we're too far out. They've had us for over a day now, and we're moving fast."
"Can't you feel it? It's probably a bunch of ostrich horses, but if Anu's not with us, then he's long gone. Zaheer, what are we going to do?"
"I . . . don't know. Even if we do get to the peninsula in time, there's no doubt the Dai Li will be there. What have you heard so far?"
"Not much, only that there are most likely two soldiers outside, and I heard that innkeeper guy's voice outside. There's no way out of this box though. They took all my knives, fans . . . everything."
"Yeah, as far as I know I don't have a way to get out of this box." K'rin's head drooped. "Look, I feel bad we got in this mess, but we're gonna get out."
Something clicked in Zaheer's head. "Let me try something." Zaheer closed his eyes and cleared his mind, opening himself to any thing that would fill the void."
"In case you haven't noticed, this isn't the time for sleeping."
"I'm not sleeping," he answered calmly. "I'm . . . uh . . . just meditating about something. Please, just trust me. This'll work."
"Yeah, well, how about you meditate me out of this box." Zaheer ignored her comment, but something bothered him.
"It's not working."
"What's not working?"
"This! I can usually just slip right in."
"Slip right in what?"
"It's nothing. I just need to keep trying. Well, while you do that, I'll be searching for a way out of this box."
"Good luck." Zaheer closed his eyes once more.
"Yeah, you too."
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