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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Chapter 4, Pt. 5


"This is bad." Silay patted the donkey on the nose. They had stopped at the branch of the road to regroup. "The Seer wanted to keep the plague secret to avoid panic. Who knows what could happen now." She paused, her hand moving to the pouch that contained the Farstone. "Maybe we should call her."

Riya shook her head. "Not on the road. You don't want to tempt thieves."

"Like you?" Silay met Riya's eyes, then looked down. "Sorry".

Riya shrugged. "It's true. Not nice, but true." She sighed, then stood and walked over to the wagon, pulling hers and Silay's bags down. "Let's check our supplies and the map, and figure out what we want to do next."

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They looked at the supplies they had laid out. "That's..." Silay paused, counting, "not very much."

Riya shook her head. "I left in a hurry, and you only brought enough food for one. Even if we ration, that's three days, tops." She looked at the map in her hands. "Which means we have to stop at Sojan. It's about a day and a half away."

Silay took the map. "A day and a half in the wrong direction."

"Which means Talis won't have gone there." Riya traced a route with her finger. "It's a longer way around, but we can get to Dilest this way. We'll board the donkey and rent a couple of horses. With luck, Talis is still on foot."

"I don't know. It just seems like long way around."

Riya's voice was grim. "Look, I don't like it either. I had a bad experience in Sojan once and am in no hurry to go back again. But at this point it's go there, or head back to Surwas. We don't have enough food to do anything else." She looked at Silay. "Your call."

Silay rubbed her eyes. "I guess we keep going forward, then."

"All right. Now help me load the wagon back up."
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Well, Talis wanted to delay Silay. He's certainly done a good job of it. You're welcome that I didn't give a whole list of the supplies Riya and Silay have (unless you were hoping for one? In which case, sorry).

1 comment:

  1. Proofreading :)

    pulling hers and Silay's bags (her - I think.)
    like long way around (a? the?)

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