Rai hated running.
Not because it was too tiring or strenuous; her father had made sure of that.
It was the infuriating notion of actually needing to flee that ticked her off. Running either meant that she was too weak to fight or she was rushing to get somewhere.
She hated being weak or helpless, and anyone powerful enough shouldn't have to hurry anywhere.
But sometimes it was necessary to run.
'Besides,' Rai thought as she sprinted through the dark, lightly-flooded tunnels that snaked under the bustling city of Tarois. 'There's a certain level of skill involved with successfully evading someone of his caliber.'
The eerie sound of water dripping onto concrete echoed through the wide underpass. Rai turned a corner and kept running.
The air felt colder and heavier, but it was a small price to pay for the benefit for the moldy moss that only grew in this section of the tunnels to muffle her footsteps.
Keeping her breath soft and even, Rai took another turn.
Despite the complete lack of light and general creepiness of the tunnels, Rai was as comfortable here as she'd be anywhere.
Their winding, maze-like paths had helped her out of sticky situations like this countless times. She knew these impossible-to-navigate roads like the back of her hand.
It wasn't all that surprising - they had been her home for the majority of her life.
When it felt right, she slowed down and inhaled sharply through her nose. It had to be close, somewhere around here...
Aha! Rai put her hand out, feeling along the grimy cement wall until her fingers came in contact with an S-shaped indent in the wall, marked by the faint scent of lavender.
Keeping her senses alert to any sign of her pursuer, Rai carefully traced the letter three times and then tapped it once with two fingers.
With a quiet pop and a hiss, a small portion of the wall slid back, allowing her passage.
Swiftly slipping through the crack and into a softly lit entry hall, she exhaled quietly, allowing the sweet aftershocks of adrenaline to wash over her.
Carefully repositioning the door, Rai smirked as she heard hushed voices from beyond the foyer. Her friends wouldn't believe who she had just managed to escape from.