“Where I come from, people help each other because it is the right thing to do, not because there is payment involved.”
“How little you know of the mortals you lived among,” Hearthorne said.
Kya shook her head. “I saw for myself, the many times my keeper helped those who came knocking and had nothing to pay her with.”
“You’re thinking too small,” Hearthorne said. “Even the mortals are wise enough to do what they can to keep the balance of their Realm from tipping too far one way or the other. There are plenty of despots and kings, plenty who harm without thinking or those who find joy in it. The mortals like your keeper are simply evening out the balance. Just because she took no reward doesn’t mean there was no debt left to be paid.”