It was about five o'clock in the afternoon when Loztu went out the inn, so he would have about four hours before the sunset. He came back to Lanittile Square and walked around it, below the arcades. He looked for a jeweller, or a gold- or silversmith who wanted to buy him a part or all the jewels and handicrafts that he gathered during the preparation of his travel. He surprised because in a so big square found no workshops: only dwellings. Because Govrians did not used to be very helpful, he returned to the inn and asked to Pavrande. The innkeeper told that in Albe, as in other Govrian cities, the artisans and their workshops were together in certain streets. There was a "jewellers' street", a "tailors' street" and a lot more. In Koltu there was nothing similar, and he did not question Mersaku about details like that. Unfortunately, Pavrande did not know the situation of the jewellers' street, not even its real name. He only could tell him that it was towards the West, in the other side of the city. The innkeeper recommended him to circle Sirens' Square and the surrounding streets, because it was the most dangerous part of Albe.
Loztu went out the inn a bit disheartened, because he had no idea about what path to choose. He was born and he lived all the time in Koltu, the biggest city in the Republic, but Albe was bigger, perhaps because its buildings were as twice as big that the ones from his city. The only that came to his mind was looking for the Walls. If he reached the Walls, he could circle the entire city until arriving to the other side without coming close to the dangerous square he had been warned about.
He could not orient himself. The streets of Albe were usually sinuous and they used to end in small irregular squares that disorientated him even more. Loztu always tried to walk toward the North, but after a long walk, we could not get closer the Walls. And he did not want to ask to any Govrian: he drank from a fountain and an individual demanded him not to get the water dirty. However, he had no option. The two first passers-by ignored him, but the third one was really nice and following his instructions, he arrived to the walls.
Loztu could not see the Sun properly, so he started to walk towards his right, in order to heading for the West. As the distance between the Walls and the dwellings was long, the biggest vehicles used the area for travelling, what forced him to walk close to the dwellings. He felt still impressed by the size and girth of these beings called oxen by Govrians, who were capable of moving huge wagons completely loaded.
He arrived to an area where the houses were a bit dilapidated and a wet breeze blew. He was startled because he saw more women than before and all of them wore provocative dresses. Some women talked smiling with other passers-by after approaching to them. And Loztu understood where he was when a woman stopped in front of him. She was an obese Govrian who showed her arms, that were as twice as thick than usually, and a huge breasts that her dress hardly could cover. Govrian women showed their bodies in a greater extent than made by Hakol women. The women in Hakol wore dresses that concealed as much as possible their curves and they never showed more than their necks or their wrists. However, that woman was almost naked in comparison with other Govrian women. Loztu averted his eyes, ashamed, and the woman told:
"Would you like to have a good time, little man? It'll only cost to you three marks".
He rejected the proposal and went away the woman quickly. Two more girls, dressed in the same provocative way, catcalled and invited him to go with them. The area was full of prostitutes and their clients, who negotiated with them. The bustle of carriages did not matter to anybody, apparently. When another woman approached to Loztu, he decided to go out the area and entered in the first street that he saw. He calmed because there was nobody there, but after turning a corner, he found a Govrian woman sat against the wall. Her skirt was completely pulled up in such a way in which she showed completely her very white-skinned, slim legs. Those limbs were as long as Loztu. He had never seen any woman's thighs, and he felt ashamed because he got aroused and felt like touching them. That was extremely inappropriate for a decent Hakol. In his country, it was needed about a year of courtship in order to be permitted to kiss a girl in her lips. And that courtship could not be started without her father's approval. It was already a shame feeling attracted by an unknown woman, but if that woman was Govrian, it was a so depraved desire that Loztu could not believe that his own body were betraying him. That situation got worse when the Govrian prostitute, who talked slowly and in a difficult for understanding way, as if she were drunk, told:
"Please, sir, I'm starvin'. Gimme a mark and I'll let you doin' me what you want".
The anguish in her voice moved him. He felt tempted to accept, but he could not. The worst for Loztu was thinking that refusing to help a woman, even if she were Govrian, was the opposite that would be expected from a Hakol. He could not stay quiet:
"I am sorry, I can not".
The woman answered with contempt:
"If you can't, whatcha doin' here?"
When the prostitute turned her face, he went away. He went into that neighbourhood a few streets, trying to remember the path that he had followed in order to be able to return to the Walls in the worst case. When he turned another corner, he turned back when a woman touched his shoulders with her hand. She was a bit leaned towards him and she looked at him smiling. The colour of her eyes was a very light blue. She told:
"Do you seek company, handsome? I can offer to you something unique".
She had a round and nice face, but he did not find her especially gorgeous. He moved away a little and answered:
"No, thank you very much".
He walked a couple of steps, but another woman blocked his way. And when she kneeled in front of him, he found that he had in front of him the same girl that had offered him something unique. He felt frightened because it was impossible that the girl had materialized suddenly in front of him. Loztu felt his heart beating faster while the girl looked at him with sad face as she untied her bodice. He felt a hand touching his shoulders and, when turned, he saw again the woman that he had in front of him. He understood, confused, that they were two identical girls who, besides, wore the same clothes. The one that was not kneeled told:
"You can make love with me for three and a half marks or with my sister in exchange of four".
The kneeled girl took his right arm and made him turn back and put his hand in her naked left breast. She clutched against herself Loztu's hand putting her hand on it. She wore no blouse under the bodice and she had only covered the right part of her torso. The girl, that even kneeled was still taller than him, looked at him saddened for a moment and closed her eyes as her sister told:
"The difference is because my sister is mute: you'll be able to do what you wish and you'll hear no complaint".
Loztu blushed due to his nervousness and the shame that he felt. The touch of the prostitute's skin was warm and nice. Although her breasts were huge for him, the girl was flat-chested and she was slim: her ribs stuck out and also the lower part of her ribcage. She had a flat belly and Loztu liked a lot her navel. He felt more and more aroused and ashamed, and the kneeled prostitute's sister increased his unease.
"You'll be able to make love with us at the same time in exchange of a dalie. You'll never forget that experience, for only two more marks".
Loztu never had a girlfriend. Once, he fell in love with a girl, but her father refused to give him permission even for talking to her. And, in exchange of a gold coin, he could possess two women sexually at the same time, although they were Govrians. That was something so improper; they were so revolting desires that he felt disgusted with himself. He told, in low voice:
"P... please, I do not... I do not have... I can not".
The kneeled girl opened her eyes and looked at him with the same sadness as before. He realised that she had a scar that rounded all her throat and neck. The girl moved her hand away her breast and Loztu did the same. The woman lowered her sight in order to tie her bodice again and, when done, she stood up and walked towards her twin sister. Loztu went away two steps and turned. The other prostitute hugged her mute twin and told:
"Don't worry, treasure, we'll find another client soon".
The mute twin hugged weakly her sister and, after ending the hug, they went away arm by arm. Loztu felt his heart broken for so much sadness and poverty. He wondered about the kind of bad experiences that the mute prostitute would have to endure, that were enough hard for letting in her eyes a permanent sadness.
He realised that he was completely lost and that he had to go out that place as soon as possible. He could not understand how Govrian authorities permitted that, despite they ruled a rich country. In the Republic, there were also prostitutes, but neither the state nor the federal governments would consent that so many women were starving; any mayor that would not look for a solution would lose his position. He returned to the already visited streets, fearing of bumping into another prostitute who sold her body for food. After turning a corner, he saw to the same Govrian woman who showed her legs, in the place where he left her, trying to get the attention of a passer-by, unsuccessfully. He was about to going away when he thought that there was a way for going out that neighbourhood serenely and, at the same time, helping the woman in an honest way. He approached her and when the girl, who was still with her skirt pulled completely up, saw him, she told as if she were drunk:
"Hey, sir! D'you like my legs? Gimme a mark and I'll let you doin' what you want. Please, I didn' eat for two days".
Loztu looked at her for a moment: she talked as if she could not recognize him. He thought that she would be a very beautiful woman if she were not so extremely thin. The prostitute squinted and told:
"Oh! It's the little dwarf I talked before. Sorry".
He thought that the woman was drunk, but if she could walk, that would be enough. By this, he told:
"I will pay two marks to you if you guide to me out from this neighbourhood. I am a foreigner and I got lost. Will you be able to do it?"
The prostitute laughed and answered:
"For two marks, I'll do what you wish".
The Govrian stood up with a bit of trouble and told:
"Where do I take you?"
"To a near and well communicated place".
"Then, I'll take you to the harbour, d'you agree?"
The women started to walk in an insecure way and Loztu walked next to her. Loztu expected that the prostitute could guide him out those streets and, also that if the other prostitutes saw him accompanied by other one, they would think that he was her client and they would not offer their services again. When other woman appeared, the prostitute told:
"Gimme your hand, sir. If they see that you're not my client, I'll be hit".
Walking hand in hand with a prostitute through Albe was not a very glorious starting for his mission, but, at least, he would earn time and would avoid unpleasant encounters. Loztu needed not much time for understanding that his Govrian guide seemed to suffer some kind of mental impairment. Twice, when they walked a street, her companion turned back for returning to a crossroad and continuing in other direction. Once, she asked:
"We headed for the harbour, didn' we?"
When Loztu told "yes", the woman started to say:
"Oh, yes? Well... I fell in love with a sailor. He wanted me to go with him to the mainland, and I wanted to see the world. I grew up without my mother and when my father died, I sold my house and went with him to Albe. He asked me to give him all my money, for preventin' to be robbed, and I gave. He told that he'd wait for me in the harbour the followin' day in the evenin', for boardin' in the galleon to Halsava. But the ship had departed in the mornin'". She sighed and told: "In Albe, a villager girl who's livin' in the street can only rob, beg for or become a whore. I was only good as a whore".
Loztu felt pity after knowing why that girl had become a wreck. He also felt sadness because it was obvious that the girl had lost her mind until the point to answering questions that nobody had asked. He started to think that the prostitute would not be able to take him out of the neighbourhood, however, as Loztu wished, although they bumped into several prostitutes, none of them paid attention to them. In a moment in which they were alone, his companion told:
"Gimme one more mark and we'll seek an alley. No matter you're so short. I'll undress and I'll lie and you'll touch me where you want".
Loztu pictured her lied, with the sad-eyed twin's body and the legs that she had shown before, but he felt a so intense sorrow because she wanted to do it for only a more coin that he could not answer. Despite the several turns of their walking, they did not lose so much time and they arrived to the harbour in less than a quarter of an hour. Loztu realised that the prostitutes were gathered in a neighbourhood close to the harbour. If he had been more calmed, he could have found the way by himself.
They were in a huge level, crowded with carriages and passers-by. There were goods stacked in piles taller than a Govrian near the boats. Loztu felt impressed by the huge number of anchored boats and by the sight of two big galleons, stopped a bit afar. The small boats went and came from the bigger ships; some of them were sailboats and others were rowing boats. Then, he felt a touch in his shoulders and after turning, he saw to the prostitute. Loztu gave her the money and the woman, after looking at the coins, told:
"You gave me three marks, but we can't fuck here."
He did not know what "fuck" meant, but he assumed that she meant to make love with her, so he answered:
"I gave you the third mark because you were really nice. Thank you for everything".
The woman smiled to him, performed a very clumsy curtsey and returned to his neighbourhood walking like a drunken woman. He hoped that she would not spend all the money in wine. Loztu could, at last, see the position of the Sun and understood that he had circled the Eastern part of the walls towards the South and he should have walked in the opposite direction. An option was follow the coast line until arriving the West part of the Walls and walking next to the walls with the sea in his back.
He rounded the level walking under the arcades. As he feared, he arrived to the half part of the half oval formed by the buildings and he found only dwellings and storehouses. Then, he had better luck and he saw a man sat next to a table where there were several things: vases, pendants, amulets... Finally, he had found a Govrian trader and he could start to look for a buyer for all the handicrafts that he carried. He stopped in front of the man and told:
"Good afternoon, sir. I see that you sell handicraft. Do you also buy it?"
"It depends. What do you carry?"
Loztu gave him his mother's pendant and, after a brief examination, the Govrian trader returned it to him and told:
"It's nice, but I don't sell Hakol handicraft. If you wish to sell it, better go to the jewellers' street".
"How can I arrive at that street from here, sir?"
"Well, you're really far. I'd go as straight as possible from here until arriving to the Wall. Follow it towards the North and when you can see the first gate in the Wall, continue until Nalovis street, the third or the fourth one. Walk until the end and ask to somebody there".
Loztu thanked him for the information and continued walking to where he had been told. He saw a woman sat in a stone bench, about hundred and fifty feet from him. The woman did not stop looking at him, so fearing of being watched by other prostitute, he abandoned the arcades and walked in the same direction the farther he could from her. He realised that the girl still looked at him when he overtook her, but she did not stood up.