Briana blinks. Is that such a surprise that she chasing the dragon? What does he think of her, that she would just move along or something? But... to answer his question...
"Uhh... yeah. Well, tried to find a job, too, but usually people prefer workers who can *walk.*" And that have nice clothes. And that know something about these funny gizmos people use here.
Nate nods a little. "I'm just glad you were able to find him so quickly. That had to be the strangest encounter I've had in a long time... to send me away, knock you out, then just... walk off. That's part of why I went after him, too -- to find out what happened to you, and then to find out what in the world he wanted."
Yeah... pretty obvious that he still doesn't know who 'that magma dragon' was. He hasn't seen Bri's kaiser out of her body before, and though it would make sense if he put it together... it's still odd.
Bri plays with the fingernails of one hand with the other hand, feigning incredible interest in those motions. She feels guilty over it, even though she wasn't the one at fault.
"He wanted to get me on my own, I guess."
Nate looks at her thoughtfully for a moment, trying to decipher exactly what she's feeling. Not hard to tell there's more there than what she said... lots more.
His voice is still calm, all the same. "... what happened when you found him?"
"I killed him," She says bluntly, without even thinking. She then sighs deeply, voice soft and quiet. "No, I just wanted to. We talked for a little while and tussled for a bit before coming to find you." She has no idea how to bring up who the dragon really was to Nate. Particularly since he will probably understand it about as much as she does.
Nate starts a little at her first response, then relaxes when she amends it, so to speak. There's still something about her shortness, though... .... wait. Waiiit. "You both came to find me?" He only sensed one ... dragon. One dragon. Her true-sight image isn't funny anymore, either.
"So that was all a test?" His tone is more of testing his theory than anything else.
Bri sighs softly, then just nods in response as a lump catches in her throat. All a test... testing her... *hurting* both of them just to test her. All of his pain was just a test, and he wasn't even involved.
Her test. Her fault.
Nate blinks as all that emotion crosses her face at once, but he lets her converse with her kaiser or herself, whichever is happening -- he can only guess the former, since she hasn't come out and said anything to him, and her emotions are cycling pretty quickly.
Thus, he waits for another few moments, keeping her hand in his...
Bri very bluntly tells her kaiser to 'shut up,' even if he may have a valid point. She realizes the truth in it, but she's not about to admit to her weakness, much less that her kaiser is right. She is not a child, and doesn't need coddling right now.
"I'm gonna check something..." She closes her eyes, trying to chase it down metabolically, but she's not really getting anywhere. She's been a little fuzzy for awhile, ever since... the cavern, right?
In any case, she opens her eyes, glancing to Nate as she tries to figure out the where of it. "That didn't really work.."
"What didn't really work? What just happened..?" If there was a revelation, it flew right past him... and though he recognizes the signs of her mental concentration, that doesn't narrow it down a whole lot, given the number of psionic abilities she has by now.
Bri scowls softly, fully aware that if Nate finds out, he'll waste energy on finding the stuff and tring to heal her of it. So what should she tell him...?
She glances over to him again, tempted to lie to him, but... sigh.
"My regen. It's not broken... but it's pretty busy right now."
Nate's brain instantly rattles through the number of things that could be keeping her regeneration 'pretty busy,' especially given how powerful hers is. He simply assumed it had 'turned off' somehow when they first came to this world and her burns didn't regenerate right away...
"... so it's been busy ever since we left the castle world? Busy enough not to heal you..?"
Bri shakes her head. "Nah... think I was just tired at first. Then the cavern thing where I didn't really *have* -- "
This is too complicated. "^ROW^ says there's some poison. Atop everything else, it's a little too much." He's already worried, might as well give him *some* certainty.
Nate actually doesn't panic and try to heal it. "Oh, good grief... no wonder. And if you've been searching for food for the past few days..." He knows Bri better than to think she'd ask for hand-outs. She *did* mention trying to find work, too... but she's probably half-starving.
Bri winces at the mention of food, very reluctant to admit she's only had two meals since she's seen him last. errg, that *this* would come up... *not* fair...
She studies her fingernails, which are kinda dirty yet. Yuck. At least that keeps her from being hungry. "Haven't had much, no."