The inside of this place was huge from what I could see. People were busy with matters that I wasn't really sure of. Some of them glanced my way and went back to their tasks. The ones that had talked to me earlier were close at my side, surrounding me almost. I understood their need to be careful with intruders, or anyone from the outside, really.
I was led through several other rooms before the people that were at my side dispersed. They walked behind me where the exit was. One of them addressed the person that was standing in the center of the room.
“We found this one wandering around outside. She's said she wanted to join, but she could be a spy.”
The one before me was silent for a few moments before she spoke.
“As far as we can tell, our 'friends' have left the city altogether. We'll pick off the remaining members, of course.”
“Very good. So, who're you?” She said, her eyes on me.
“Well, my name is-”
“That doesn't matter at the moment. The second you decided to join us, you threw away everything you once were. That is, unless you're not willing to do this?”
“I wasn't really much to begin with, trust me.” I sighed and looked down.
“Seems you lack the sort of fire we are looking for, but if you really intend to join us, I guess we could give you a chance. We'd have to take it up with Leader first, though. Leader is who decides nearly everything around here. One of my roles is to pass judgement on those who trespass here.”
“What is your name?”
“Here, they call me Night Hawk. We keep our names simple for convenience. It's a pleasure to meet you.” She smiled.
“Um, likewise.” I replied awkwardly.
“No need to be so tense. If we wanted you dead, you'd be gone already.” She laughed in a way that put me more on edge.
“Should we take them to Leader?” One of the people who'd brought me in spoke up.
“Yeah, definitely. Come with me.”
I nodded and fallowed her out back where we came in. This place seemed like a maze as we walked around in what I assumed to be disarray. I was beginning to wonder if she'd gotten us lost.
“Wait here.” She said before saying something to the others.
“Okay.” I sure hoped that I didn't sound as nervous as I felt.
We stood there for a few moments and I continued to keep my guard up. I knew that if I were to even just look at one of them the wrong way, I'd be in for a lot more than I could handle.
“So, where are you from?” Hawk asked.
“Was born here almost 20 years ago.”
“Ah. Means you probably watched this place go to shit, then.”
“Yeah. It made things very difficult for a while.”
“Your parents live around here?” She asked, but I wasn't sure if she was interrogating me or just trying to make casual conversation.
“I don't know. I was abandoned a long time ago.”
“They left you alone as a child? How terrible.”
“Yeah, it's only gotten harder being by myself all the time. The constant danger everywhere doesn't help, either.” I frowned.
“Oh, well...you will be safe here. If Leader likes you, that is.”
“What's he like?”
“Um, Leader's a she, ma'am. You'll see what she's like. It's sort-of hard to put into words.”