Bruno quickly jogged back to the walls. When he stopped in front of a portcullis, the two halberd-wielding armored guards atop stood fast. He wanted to go through the main gate, but he was not even allowed to be outside the walls in the first place. Only the Guardians, defenders of Allerstad, were allowed. However, there was a secret way that only he knew.
A few days ago, Bruno had found a particularly poorly maintained segment of the wall partly crumbled away on both sides. He had been scaling it every now and then as the outside piqued his curiosity, but only now had he encountered something out of ordinary. Just as he climbed to the top of the wall, the clouds parted giving way to golden rays of light.
When he climbed down, he spotted his younger sister who called out his name. “Bruno! Bruno! Where are you?” Discreetly, he spaced himself away from the wall to hide the fact that he just came from outside.
“Right here, Tara!” he called out joyfully.
“Mom was so worried! You’ve been gone for hours!” she exclaimed.
“Oh, I just…um…I found this weird trinket.” Bruno grinned and reached into his pocket for the amulet, pulling it out. “A girl with a white cloak dropped it.”
“Ooh!” Tara’s eyes glimmered in amazement. “It’s so pretty! Was the girl pretty, too?”
Bruno’s cheeks reddened as he blushed at the embarrassing question. “Well…err…I didn’t get a good look at her face. She was in a hurry and ran off before I could return it.”
“Well, don’t you think you should give it back?” Tara asked. “We could go around town and ask about it.”
Bruno paused realizing that he didn’t want anyone to know where he actually got it from. “No, no. It’s okay. I can take care of it.”
“Can I wear it for now, please?” Tara begged entranced by the amulet’s beauty.
“Just let me hold on to it,” Bruno said trying to avoid further explanation. He didn’t want to tell her he found it outside the walls as that was forbidden. But Tara’s cute, puppy dog face was irresistible. “Alright, fine…” He handed it over, and eagerly, she put the amulet around her neck. “But don’t lose it! We need to find whoever this belongs to and give it back.”