He screeched to a stop turning the sled back into snow. He felt around in his pocket. He always kept emergency money for crazy situations like this. "Let's get down to the docks and we can rent or buy a boat. We are hours away by foot and if we use the sleds we have to detour around the cities which would take longer. Boat is the best route. We head into the north Sea and follow the coast to hamburg. We just need a rowboat. I can steer" he told her.
“Oh yay, more water.” Astrid mumbled to herself and sheathed her sword. “Good thing… because I’ve never been on a boat.” She told him, pulling her jacket tight around herself. She had avoided boats all her life as she had avoided swimming anywhere that she couldn’t stand up, never finding them to be strategic places to be if she were to need to defend herself in anyway. She had based her life around avoiding anything that could compromise her ability to a fair fight and yet look where that had gotten her, in the middle of a quest and the only mode of transportation being a boat. Fantastic.
They were still almost a mile out from the city. He began trudging up the snowy hill they were at the bottom up to get near a highway. He began walking along the highway, looking at the big city in front of him. It wasn't too special but it could get what they needed.
Astrid walked beside him in silence before she cleared her throat, "Uhm... So since were going to have to deal with eachother for a while, what's your name?" she asked, hugging herself to try and keep warm.
"Mahmoud" he said impassively, without even turning to look at her. After a minute or two, he turned to see her shivering. He took of his jacket and draped its thick fabric around her. he absorbed the cool air into his body, feeling his hair stand up and goosebumps arise. He liked this, the elements were his domain.
Astrid blinked a few times, "My names Astrid... In case you'd like to kinow." she mumbled as he drapped the jacket around her. "T-thank you... but I don't need it." She stuttered, The jacket was nice and warm from his body heat but she quickly removed it and handed it back to him, she hated accepting his help. She was the daughter of Artemis, the goddess of wilderness and yet she was having a hard time dealing with the cold? No way, she was going to suck it up and she was definatly not going to accept any more help from him unless she absolutly had to.
"Keep it Astrid" he said, her name rolling off his tongue easily. He pushed her hand back to her. It was cold. "You are going to catch hypothermia, I can't have you dieing just yet. Who am I going to talk with?" he asked. "Comon that's just selfish" he said jokingly. He smirked and put his hand in his pocket after making a sort of backpack for the armor with the cloth bag he had. It was heavy but he didn't mind it. He loved challenges.
Astrid frowned and again pushed the jacket towards him. "I'm fine. I'm NOT going to die from a little bit of cold." she told him before placing her jacket over his shoulder. She was stubborn, she had grown up to be stubborn and she figured that she must have gotten it from her mother because her father was a go with the flow kind of guy.
"You are shivering like there is no tomorrow. I'll be fine. Now stop being a little kid and put the jacket on and not freeze to death possibly?" he replied. He pushed the jacket back to her and shook his head. He had met some of the more minor gods like Astrid's mother. Artemis was hardheaded. Really hardheaded.
Astrid grumbled under her breath as she slipped the jacket on, not saying a word to him. She wasn't shivering... but she was cold.
"No need to be so ... cold" he replied with a smirk at his extremely bad pun. He knew she was hating him for this but he couldn't help but enjoy it. The city was nearing, buildings passing by.
Astrid groaned at the pun. "Oh jeez. That right there... that was bad..." She muttered before adding, "And thank you..."