[kisses u im so sorry for the late reply !!]
Although it had taken a bit of getting used to, Mercy too found a lot of beauty in Volary Flights' territory. It was far different than what she was used to; the Whispering Pines was so muted in comparison to the vivid jungle. She very much loved her old territory, had always found comfort in its darkness and allure to its mystical attributes, but there was something special about the Sundran Jungle's boldness and variety, even if she couldn't fully appreciate its colorfulness on account of the shadowy tones she saw the world in. At least here she could still make things out in full; the Pine's incredibly dense darkness stacked atop her built-in shades would be nearly impossible to see in if it werent for the luminescent flora and fauna that populated the woods.
It was something on her mind as she wandered that day; she often found herself comparing everything here to Shadow Veil, for better or worse. As much as she liked the jungle, Mercy would never stop missing Shadow Veil. Despite how much time had passed, it was still a bit difficult to wrap her head around the fact that she could never go back, and that no one would even seek her out anymore — they all believed she was dead. Save for Adara, given their recent reunion, and Ver. Though her search for Mercy had been fruitless, of course. Vanillasky's words were making it difficult for her to decide if she was okay with that or not.
A sudden shout pulled her out of her thoughts. Normally Mercy tried to avoid the border, but this wasn't something she could ignore; whoever it was sounded very young. With pricked ears she made her way over, eyes widening a bit at the sight of a lone child, but she faltered when a familiar scent caught her attention. She's a Veiler. If Mercy had a nondescript appearance, she wouldn't have been worried; in no way would a child recognize her for Shadow Veil's renegade leader. But alas, her eyes were objectively striking in their uncanniness — it wouldn't surprise her in the slightest if this child told everyone about the creepy-eyed lady she'd met the moment she found her way back to the camp. Adara had agreed to keep Mercy's location a secret, but this wasn't something she could easily cover up. Wait, I can't bring her home myself! If Ver isn't at the border she'll catch my scent at some point, and then I'm dead. A pang of despair accompanied the thought. But she couldn't just leave this girl alone on the Flights' border, especially considering the fact that she'd already stepped into her line of sight. She would have to deal with the situation as it unfolded.
"Hi there. Are you okay?" It took a lot of effort to keep the fear out of her voice, but even then she sounded a bit uncertain. "You're... you're a Shadow Veiler, right? I can smell it on you. Is anyone with you, or are you lost?"