"This is hopeless," said Kema, collapsing onto a bench in the school grounds. "Thanks for helping, but I don't think we're going to get anywhere."
"Well, we can always look after school, lessons start in 10 minutes." Queala, next to her, replied. She tied her glossy dark brown hair up into a ponytail.
"Yeah, I gotta put Lai somewhere though. I can't carry him all day. He sleeps too much." The sloth suddenly felt so heavy in her hands, like a stone giving off small snores.
"We'll find Pano, no worries. It's only a matter of time."
"A matter of time? He could be anywhere right now." Kema put her head into her hands, "Arghhh! How could I be so stupid? Anyone could've seen that silly empty portrait by now and told the High Priestess."
"It's not your fault. We'll find him. The only problem is whether we can put him back."
"Yes, and that." She whispered to Lai, "Do you know where Pano is? Could you find him? If only you could help us right now."
Lai stirred and his eyes opened. His eyes turned bright blue. The sloth shook his head then jumped off Kema's lap. Queala's eyes widended. None of them knew what was going on.
He took off at a slow jogging pace, with the two girls close behind. Lai took them into the trees, crushing the leaves beneath them.
"What is he doing?" Queala shouted, panting slightly.
"I don't know, he's never ran like this before!"
He stopped without notice in front of tree. Then he started clawing at it. Kema walked up to the trunk the and looked up.
There on a branch, sat Pano.