Something felt off to Per. He looked around, but couldn't place it, and his back kept itching like whatever was off was right behind him.
"What is up with you today?"
"I told you already. Something's off."
"Other than you."
"Something's off other than you, you mean. You've been acting strange for more than just today, but you're rubbernecking all over the place today."
"Yeah, other than me, which I say is nothing about me, something is off."
"So what is it?"
"If I knew, it wouldn't be something, would it? It would be one thing in particular, and I'd have it pegged, and then it would stop bothering me so much."
"Well, can you at least sit still while you figure it out?"
Per sighed. "I'll try."
"Thank you." Cree leaned back on his hands, blades of grass pressing through his fingers. "Huh."
"Oh, nothing." His stomach gurgled quietly, working on digesting his just eaten lunch.
"No, something. What is it?"
"What about him?"
"He's not terrorizing anyone." Cree was quiet for a moment. "Now that I think of it, I haven't seen him all day."
Cree bolted upright.
"Swallow a bug?"
"What? No. That's what been-- Lizard is gone."
"Maybe he swallowed a bug."
Cree sighed, shaking his head. "No, it's not like he's just absent, it feels like there's a gaping hole where he was."
"Huh. Go figure. I didn't notice. -Hey, do you have a deck on you?"
Per reached into his pocket. "Always." The deck was warm and worn, the box faded but cared for. As he touched it, sensation flowed into his fingertips. He met Cree's eyes with a shock.
"Yeah, that's what I was thinking too. You're coming into your gifts."
"Lucky me," Per groaned unenthusiastically.
"You are. I'm jealous." Cree reached out a finger and tapped the deck gently. He shook his head. "Nothing."
"It will come." He clapped his best friend on the shoulder. "Demoned?"
Cree broke into a grin and pulled out his own deck. "You're on."
Charater: Cree Raft | Per Minec
Location: Cups system | Three planet