"I -" the traveller began, pausing because he thought that for a brief moment Olivarius' eyes flickered with a hunger and gred most worrying.
Even thought they didn't had much of a friendship, Traveller knew the Cat wasn't something he could trade, Cat was a companion.
"I'm sorry but it is not my place nor wood I be interested in selling my companion"
"Rather, take both of us in, provide us food, a place to sleep and a share of wealth, and we will be at your service," replied the Traveller.
Olivarius furrowed his brow, thinking the proposition over , before finally saying:
"Berry well, Traveller, you and your pet are invited for supper in my house, you two may also stay for the night".
That evening, the Traveller and Genet rode to Olivarius' house on his carriage.
Carriage was full of merchants goods it was far more luxurious than travelling on foot too, Traveller relaxed while Genet was not happy with the outcome of the village, he didn't like this village altogether.
When they arrived, they saw that the merchant's house was much bigger than the other houses in the village.
"By the way, you two, I've never asked you your names!" said Olivarius. "I am Olivarius, the wealthiest man this land knows. And who are you?"
"I am Genet the genet," said the Genet.
"... My name...?", the traveller wondered to himself.
Before he could answer, the carriage came to a halt and a young girl came running out of the house, arms outstretched and looking thoroughly overjoyed to see the return of Olivarius.
It was the daughter of the great merchant, she ran into the arms of her father while her mother and merchant's wife was standing at the door with a joyous smile on her face.
"Come father, follow me!" she said as she dragged him away by the hand, whilst the traveller and Genet looked on, bemused.
"Ah, you've brought guests" the smiling wife said to Olivarius. "Come in you two, load off those heavy bags and make yourself at home!"
Neither of the pair had ever seen a house like it, so grandiose and impressive!
Traveller reclined on a big leather sofa while the little girl played with Genet.
Olivarius sat down across from Traveller and said: "Well now,... let's get to business, shall we?"
"I ask of you a favour, traveller - wood you be willing to deliver some parcels to an old friend in Alavaris, a hamlet some distance north of here?"
"Give me only a donkey and a carriage, and some provision for the journey, and I will happily do what you ask."
"Your request is granted -- on the condition that your little friend stays here at our home until you return. It should be no more than a week of travel, and I will provide her eberrything she wants."
"Berry well, I shall leave by daybreak tomorrow. I trust you will take good care of Genet."
In his heart the traveller worried about leaving his friend with this strange family, but he trusted Genet wood know to look after himself.
Traveller and Genet went to sleep in the same room, merchants guest room was bigger than any room Traveller slept in, the small bed -for merchant- was big enought for 3 person and half, carpet that occupied most of floor was softer than cotton, "It will be one good night" Traveller whispered then went to bed to sleep
He awoke at daybreak, and after a hearty breakfast generously cooked by Olivarius' wife and double checking eberrything was in order, he left for Alavaris.
The parcel was quite heavy, and took up much of the space on the carriage. Thankfully, Olivarius gave the Traveller one of his strongest asses to pull it, and he managed to travel north quickly.
The journey north was pleasant, and though the Traveller was used to journeying alone he did wish that Genet was there to accompany him.
Meanwhile, Genet was having trouble getting used to living in a human household.
Suddenly, there was a mighty earthquake that was felt throughout the whole land, such earthquake has not been experienced since the great drought of 1423.
A large crack opened in the earth and nearly swallowed the traveller.
Olivarius' precious porcelain fell to the floor! Only a few from his rare collection survived.
After the earthquake was over, the people of the village all gathered to rebuild and clean up the mess.
Traveller was shocked by how fast things happened, his cargo was damaged and he didn't knew how Olivarius wood react if he knew the cargo was damaged but he was scared of the consequances on him and Genet,
the first problem he faced, however, was how he was going to get to Alavaris now that the road had become impassable.
he started walking alongside the giant crack after picking the broken goods, he walked till midnight but crack seemed endless.
After he couldn't reach the end of the crack, he stepped off his donkey and decided to rest for the night.
Morning came, and in Olivarius' house, another large crash was heard: While playing around, Genet had knocked one of Olivarius' remaining expensive vases to the floor.
Genet quickly hid, before an enraged Olivarius stormed into the room.
Then, Genet overheard him say something truly shocking: