Another fanfic? Yes, because I probably gave up on my first one. This time, this is a fanfic of a fandom that I am still addicted too. I will try to update more frequently, though no promises.

I was taking a walk outside, just looking at my surroundings, although there's not much to look at. Well, I never slept early anyway. It's been only a few days, but things have been picking up a lot lately. I would never have expected to have a traveling companion, let alone the long lost granddaughter of Marquess Caelin herself! It was quite a shock for me, and Lyn as well. We all decided to travel to Caelin and find her bedridden grandfather, and today we decided to pass through Taliver Mountain.

We had met a Pegasus Knight there named Florina. She's quite shy, but she is sweet once you get to know her, though she is very afraid of men. She also happened to be Lyn's best friend, so everything works out in the end. I also came across a potentially good archer, Wil, who seemed to have given us a nickname- Lyndis's Legions. He's funny one, but enjoyable to be with.

Then there's that thief, though an odd one at that. He's sociable and all, but I noticed that he never talked much about himself. Normally I'd suspect that he probably is a bit uncomfortable about his past, but his personality largely disagrees with that. I would know, of course, because I have a bit of experience about body language. It's a nifty skill if you want to know what about your enemy's attack pattern.

Just as I passed my tent, however, the thief himself suddenly ran out of it clutching something in his hand.

'What was he doing in here…?'

I quickly went inside to check my belongings. Nothing seemed to be out of order at first, but after a while, I noticed that some of the things that I laid out on the floor had been slightly disarranged. I tried to recall what was on it and that's when it hit me.

I was missing a map. It was a map of Lycia, and it had all the different routes to the different Houses in the Lycian League. It's quite useful if you plan on traveling all throughout Lycia. It wouldn't have been a big deal if it was stolen, since I could always buy another one, but this map in particular had ALL the routes, including those that are not found in most maps. I definitely needed to get it back.

"MATTHEW!" I yelled out, although I slightly regretted it afterwards, in fear of waking the others from their well-deserved sleep.

I ran as fast as I could trying to chase him. He was certainly faster than most people. I guess that's what you would expect from thief, or maybe even a spy. Matthew took a sharp turn, but luckily I was barely able to catch him. Now that I think about it, I'm pretty fast myself.

"Aw, caught me already? You're quite the swift runner." Matthew said, complimenting, in a way, although I was too tired to feel complimented.

"Hand over… the map… Matthew…" I said, panting between words.

"Alright, you win. Though I must say, not many people can catch up to me." He said, handing over the map. Thank St. Elimine that it wasn't damaged.

"Why'd you steal it, anyway? You could have just asked you know. I would be more than happy to lend it to you." I said.

"Well, I think it's more fun this way, isn't it? It's a sort of habit of mine."

'W-what did he say?'

I was slightly taken by surprise. Well, then again, that's what you would expect from a man with such a personality, but what surprised me is how much he resembled a late friend of mine.

"Wow, you're really just like him…" I mutter out loud, slightly reminiscing about my past.

"What now?"

"Ah! Nothing. Anyway, why would you want a map of Lycia? I'm fairly sure you have one of your own, and even if you didn't, they aren't very expensive either."

"Well, I was just curious about that map of yours. I noticed a few different paths there that I didn't see in my map while you were reading it earlier during the meeting. "

"Really, now? Well you can borrow it if you want." I say, lending him the map. "Just don't damage it. Ir's quite rare. Anyway, now that we're actually talking, mind telling me a bit about yourself?" I ask, thinking it was the perfect chance. 'Maybe he would be more open if I asked him directly.'

"Now, why would Lady Tactician want to know about a person like me?" He asks, with a smug on his face. Somehow it mildly irritates me.

I'm a tactician. It's best to know your comrades well, so you can find out their strengths and weaknesses, which makes it easier to know where to assign you in the battlefield." I explained. "Oh, and Ione will do."

"Quite the thinker. Well, Ione, there's nothing you need to know about a petty house thief like me so you can go along now and leave me be."Matthew wittily replied as he was about to leave the area.

Quickly thinking, I thought of something that may catch his attention.

"Well, that's too bad. Knowing Lyn, she would have probably kicked you out if I hadn't said that you would be useful, especially during that situation. Why, you could be a spy, for all we know. Lyn certainly wouldn't like that."

Matthew stopped on his tracks.


He turned around and faced me, with a slight smile on his face.

"Hm, touché, Ione." He says, though for some reason, it gave me a good feeling inside. Maybe it was the feeling of triumph...? "Well if you must know, I'm…a traveler of sorts. I like to collect information around these parts." He said. Now he really seemed suspicious.

"Sounds like a spy to me." I remarked.

"Well I assure you, you can trust me all you want." He says back. For some reason, I found it hard not to believe. It must have been that personality of his rubbing off on me.

"Hm. Well, if you're not willing to share anything else than I guess that explanation is good enough for now, though don't expect me to stop asking you about that mysterious background of yours."

We both chuckled a bit.

"Haha, if you say so. I have a feeling that we're going to be good friends." He said.

"Yes, I suppose so." I said back, with a smile.

We bid each other a farewell and went our separate ways. I noticed that it must have been quite late already, since it was Sain's turn to be the lookout. I went inside my tent, quietly, making sure not to disturb anyone, and finally went to sleep.

Still too short, no? I suck at describing things. Still, reviews will be greatly appreciated. That way I'll actually know what I'm doing wrong.