Ean was so panicked at Sakura’s casual admission — especially since I didn’t really see a point in not confirming that it was Rachel Sakura had seen be abducted — that he started to push himself up. Then he got dizzy and thumped into the floor again.
“Hey,” Sakura said soothingly. “Don’t hurt yourself, okay?” But Ean was too busy thinking to listen.
He’d just moved.
“Sakura,” Ean said slowly. “I just moved. I thought you said this paralysis wouldn’t wear off for two hours?”
Sakura crouched next to Ean. He carefully avoided looking at her — insofar as he could manage without trying to move again. “Well, yeah,” Sakura said. “It’s a gradual process that takes about two hours.”
Ean blinked a couple times as he processed that. “Sakura,” he said just as slowly as he had the first time, “You didn’t mention that it would start to wear off sooner than that.”
Sakura rolled her eyes. “It’s a chemical agent,” she said. “Not an on off switch. Since it isn’t permanent of course it wears off over time.”
Ean processed that, and then gave up on pursuing it further. “Right,” he said. “Help me up. Do you have any idea where Rachel is now? Can you use your ninja abilities to track her abductor?”
“Yes,” Sakura said. “To both. Why?” She eyed Ean warily, but started helping him to his feet regardless. “You know, I’m pretty sure that the guy who grabbed her is an evil wizard,” she said. “That’s not the sort of thing you do not want to mess with.”
Ean winced as a wave of dizziness washed over him again — but the wince had nothing to do with the dizziness, and a lot more because he was remembering…
“Stop,” Ean snapped at me before I could go into a flashback. He ruins all of the best narrative techniques. Then, because Sakura had thought he was talking to her, he continued. “I’m not going to mess with an evil wizard.”
Sakura breathed a subtle sigh of relief. It didn’t go unnoticed, of course, because I’d just pointed it out. But instead of being annoyed by that, Ean just smirked.
“I’m just going to go pick up my date,” he said, “that’s all.”