Unexpected guests

There was some more talking and dancing, and it got very late, and we were so tired that we started talking about going home. A man in his twenties I’d been talking to — Faran, who told me he was the representative of the weavers’ guild on the school board,…

Shopping and dancing

When we went to pay our bill we met the Mighty Servant herself, who was also paying her bill! “Ah, Riei, Leva,” she said, “have you been eating here too? It’s the only place that serves the dishes of the region. Everybody else does pheasant in grapes, but here you…

Into town

We were so tired from the whole day that we wanted to go up to our own place really early. “Wait!” Alyse said, and tapped a small jug full of ale from the barrel for us. “To celebrate.” “Hey,” Arin said while she was doing that, “did Jichan really say…

Those from the other block

The house door was open, of course, and I called “Cynla! We’re here!” when we came in. “Hey, Coran,” Cynla said, “is that your bed-linen? Well, I’m glad it’s got a good home.” Because of course she knew him, everybody knew all the neighbours. “Oh, and there are some people…

Neighbours

While walking we made a list in our heads of which things we needed, and what we’d need first. A table and at least two chairs, a rug, curtains, fabric and straw for a mattress, bed-linen and blankets, a desk, a bookcase! Also dishes, cups, pans, a kettle and other…

Moving in

We wanted to bring Alyse and Cynla and the rest of their family something for dinner, so we went to the shops again to see if there was anything we liked. One shop had a whole lot of birds hanging outside under the awning, some drab brown, some bright red-brown…

House-hunting

In the morning I remembered the eggs and we had some for breakfast. Then Arni put the rest on a kitchen shelf in a bowl “for people who need them”. That was exactly what I wanted! Jichan turned up to take us to the house he’d been talking about. It…

Travelling to Veray

Someone woke me up very early in the morning: a maid with washing water, and when I was washing my face, another maid came in with breakfast. Fresh bread, still warm, sausage, cheese, a small wrinkled apple and a jug of weak beer! I waved a bread roll under Riei’s…

Exploring Turenay

We woke up in the middle of chaos. There were people everywhere, twenty grown-ups and twice as many children of all sizes and colours running around and yelling. Someone was making sure that all the children got washed, and someone else that everybody got something to eat and drink, and…

Dangerous travel

It was nice weather for riding, and we made good progress for a while. Then Jerna asked, “Are we going to the main road or past all the villages?” There was something to be said for the villages because we might be able to get food and shelter there, but…