Scarlett slid like a shadow throughout the streets, searching, hoping. She just knew the Scarlet Man had sent her that message from RobotMay3 for a reason... if she could do anything to help Ariella, she didn't want to miss the opportunity to do so. She just hoped she wasn't too late. She should have known she was in trouble when she had stopped seeing her.
Ariella was a good friend- one that was hard to come by...although she was crazy sometimes. She almost laughed at the memory when she had first met her- swinging down from a tree and knocking her out! Haha, good times...
Suddenly, the fog clogging the stone streets beneath her vanished, and she could see the sky clearing and the atmosphere changing dramatically. Someone had filled the Tower Engine! Scarlett dared to get her hopes up. Could it be...?
She raced to the Town Square, and she saw a sight that made her gasp. There was Ariella- her distinctive red hair noticeable from anywhere- and she was walking hastily towards the entrance of Old Mount!
"Ariella!" Scarlett cried, running towards her friend. Ariella saw her, but then quickly turned her head and quicked her pace. Why is she running from me? Scarlett thought, running all the harder. Finally, she reached her and grabbed her by the shoulder.
"Ariella, it's just me, Scarlett!" she said, gasping for breath. "Now why in Aethesia are you running?"
Ariella was gasping for breath as well. "Please, don't make this harder than it already is." She pulled away from her grip and continued walking. But before she could get far, Scarlett stepped in front of her.
"What is?" she inquisted. "You've changed, Ari. I haven't seen you act like this before... what's wrong? And why were you heading towards Old Mount?"
But all she would do was look at the ground. Scarlett was afraid she had asked a little too much. Then she remembered what the robot had said: She's stayed in the fog too long- it's obvious. She thinks she has to somehow make it up to the Scarlet Man for something...
She was about to say something when Ariella surprised her. "I might as well tell you," she started, facing her with sad eyes. "I've done too much, Scarlett... I've gotten so caught up in my own plans that I've forgotten that His plans are greater. I've forgotten him when He's the one I should remember the most. This fog has controlled me for too long, and I feel worthless going to the Scarlet Man now, so I'm leaving." she stopped, tears streaming down her face. "Say my goodbyes to my friends for me. Farewell, Scarlett." And with that, she started up the trail to Old Mount.
Scarlett just stood there, waves of shock and sadness washing over her.
"Ariella, wait, please wait!" She rushed to catch up to her, and once again swung her around. Tears of sympthy started welling in her own eyes. "Ari, you know that isn't true! Nothing is too great for the Scarlet Man to forgive. My eyes were once blinded by the fog too- I worked solely for the Emperor himself, and I did awful things to enforce his laws. I had thought the Scarlet Man must have hated for me for what I did." Then she broke away from her gloominess of the memory and smiled with hope. "But He gave me another chance- a chance to turn away from the darkness of the fog. He set me free from it, and forgave me for neglecting Him. He is open and willing to forgive you also- all you have to do is ask."