In a city that was, relatively recently, stolen by giant bats, a young man wakes up in a holding cell. There's a guard standing watch, though a rather scrawny one.
"Oh, like the lion," he says, half to himself, and then he can't remember where he heard that or what the rest of the story is. Are there lions who can only be hurt by their own claws? Is that a thing? Well, whatever. "Wait, four thousand? How d'you know how old it is?"
"Well, how d'you know it's the same one?"
"Analysis of feeding habits, mostly, but also the fact that no one in four thousand years has credibly reported finding one's body or seeing two at once. The feeding habits are more convincing, though; at times when multiple hunters have decided to approach the bounty, they've almost always been eaten one by one with two weeks between feedings. To me, that suggests a gorging predator."
"Huh. Fair enough," he says thoughtfully.
He laughs. "I don't even know that I want to! I guess we'll see if I get bored enough."
"Good to know!"
"I think that'll do. Thanks!"
People are so helpful. Also he's kind of hungry. Perhaps if he wanders the streets he will find somewhere to get food, and if he's lucky maybe even somewhere to get some sort of money to buy the food with.
"I have no idea where that is!" he says cheerfully.
"Don't have one."
This person does not seem very helpful.
He sidesteps. Moving feels simultaneously weirdly smooth and weirdly clumsy, like he used to be very good at this and then got badly out of practice. But he's fast enough to make a grab for the knife despite his difficulties.
So, let's see. You stab someone and then you take their money, is that how this goes?
...huh, how about that.
He leaves the Unfortunate Ruffian where he found him and finds somewhere a little quieter to sit down and investigate the incongruous purse.
Well how about that. And can he figure out how to get at the rest of the inside if he tries?
Well that's neat!
He puts it all back the way he found it and finds places in his clothes to hide all four purses and also the knife. Then he continues looking for somewhere to eat. At least his money problems are now solved! Maybe that fellow was helpful after all.