“Horribly? Madness! This will be a great way to humanize the residents of Talze Utera,” the Dean proclaimed, dragging the Crystala off again, with the same amount of energetic glee of the children Araki will soon be meeting. Passing through the now crowded halls filled with students trying to reach their next classes, or simply to get a bite to eat before going back into hardcore study mode, Corinkarus waved and called out a whole bunch of them as they passed, even instructing one of the students to get his secretary to inform the teachers of a certain school that they would be getting a new student in their class. Bringing the boy outside and waving down a horse-drawn carriage in barely any time at all, the professor took the Crystalla inside that relatively luxurious taxi, before giving some very specific instructions, before the rider tipped his hat and snapped the reins, drawing them off.
And with that, the Dean sat back on the black leather seats, before dozing off just as spontaneously.
It took fifteen minutes for the duo to arrive at their location, the horses stepping into a stop, snorting as the driver nodded, opening his palm for the fee. The old man's eyes snapped open, wide awake once more, and then just as quickly dropped a gold coin into the driver's hand, before departing with Araki in tow once more. He had paid at least twenty times more than he should have, but the Dean was rolling in money, and there was no point in not flaunting what you had.
Hopping out and grinning at the 'u cray-cray' expression the taxi driver had, he looked around and took a deep breath of the air of the merchant district of Cykes. Unlike the refined, academic feel that the upper city had excluded, this place was a much more 'excited' area. Merchants hawking their goods, street performers sweating for their coin, scribes writing out elegant contracts, it was simply a very 'crowded' space, even with the abundance in physical space. But it was not this place that he had made his stop. Instead, Corinkarus motioned a simple 'follow me' wave, and sauntered off once more, walking through the loud, cheery district for another fifteen minutes, occasionally stopping to buy a skewer or a fruit and tossing it at Araki to eat.
It was at a three story building with a fenced-off, flat roof that they finally made their stop, in which an overweight, bearded man with a red-stained apron greeted them. “This be the new student?,” he asked in a hearty tone, clearly amused by the Crystalla before him.
“Of course, Mr. Erikson,” Corinkarus replied cordially, before turning to Araki, “Araki, this is Mr. Gael Erikson, a teacher and former diplomat for the Sidosa Board. He used to be a nightmare in debates and bar fights, but as you can see now, he's gotten soft. Go introduce yourself or something, and then have fun in your school~”
“Just listen in class and don't ignore the kids when they talk to you, and you'll be fine!”