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KL: So Ren, you're a--
R: A warrior.
KL: You're a little young to be a warrior, aren't you?
R: No. Moonlight's teaching me. She knows how to break bones and kill people. Now I do, too.
KL: Is breaking bones a useful skill in the Steeple Basin?
R: The place is full of unsavories. More unsavory than me.
KL: Where did you live before the spirit invasion?
R: The city. No one can live there anymore. I don't know if the whole spirit thing is true, though.
KL: No one in your city was infected?
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R: We left way before any spirits could get there. The Shielders said it was happening, so most everyone believed them.
KL: Most everyone?
R: Some people stayed put. I almost did. There was good looting once the crowds left.
KL: What changed your mind?
R: I was ready for something different. Are you gonna eat that?
KL: Please, help yourself. Wow, you're really hungry.
R: (through a mouthful) This stuff's really good.
KL: Tell me more about-- um, you know people don't usually scratch themselves there in public.
KL: Anyway, you wanted a change.
R: Yeah, all my life it's been sleep in the gutter, hide in the shadows. I watch people. I never been a part of people.
KL: So this was a chance to be part of something.
R: I guess. Then I met Moonlight.
KL: Would you say she's the mother you never had?
R: Moonlight's nothing like my mother. She's my friend.
KL: How did you two meet?
R: She broke a man's wrist and I brought her some food I stole.
KL: And then you two were friends?
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There you have it, a friendship meant to be. Having Ren here was a real treat. You can find out more about Ren, Moonlight, and all the rest in the soon to be released book, The Dream Traveler.