The ball's spinning speed up for a moment, and it let out a high, happy hum. Mara grinned
at the wind in her hand. Then it disappeared with a pfft, and Mara saw her clothes rise
up from the ground and head towards her. The wind was returning her stuff to
her again. Mara grabbed the proffered clothes and held them to her chest, a little more
tightly this time. The ball became a breeze that swirled gently around her.
"I would still like you to guide me, please, but can you be a little more gentle this time. I'm
small, so it's easy for me to get pushed around. Also, if you don't mind, I want to give you a
name of some kind. I feel kinda awkward just speaking like I'm talking aloud to myself.
Hmm, lets see. Does.... Kaze sound good?"
The breeze hummed a happy tone again, and then returned to her back. It pushed her more
gently this time. Mara obediently started walking forward again. She could feel Kaze's touch,
constantly guiding her with the smallest changes in where it pressured her back. It's rather
happy about getting a name I guess. Funny little guy. Should I tell it that kaze just means
wind? No, I'd hate to pop it's happy bubble. I guess I should just wait and see where
Kaze takes me.
Mara and Kaze kept moving on through the night. She lost track of time, and didn't even
notice that she was slowly adjusting to the dark. She let her gaze wander listlessly, looking
at everything and nothing. Mara was no longer aware of the crumbling of the blue-grey dirt
under her feet, causing her to sway and stumble often. She didn't feel the sharp tongues of
the the grass brush against her legs, or the helping 'hand' of Kaze, who was always quickly
reacting to keep her stable. It was only when Kaze's presence moved from her back to her
side to turn her away from an obstacle that Mara emerged from her mental fog at all.