Trinel exited the carriage, she spotted a look of concern in his eyes that
Talon missed. She turned towards the boy with hands outstretched
saying, “Come here, love. Sit beside me.” He did and she
leaned forward and lifted up the seat he just left. It hinged on the
back revealing a compartment underneath. “Time for hide and
seek.” He crawled into the compartment and as she laid the seat
back down she said, “And remember you must keep quiet. That’s
part of the game.”
placed her finger to her lips. “Shh.” She forced a silly
smile and added, “Don’t let daddy know.” But behind that smile
simmered the dread that this was more than a greeting party.
nodded enthusiastically. He liked these games and wasn’t about to
let his father know where he was.
told herself it was just a precaution. She looked out the window and
counted maybe fifty riders coming their way. That meant they were
out numbered almost two to one. She rebuked herself for allowing
Trinel to talk her into bringing Talon. “Some learning
experience,” she mumbled.
who now sat on a horse next to the companion captain, turned and saw
Mushina and waved her back. At first, she was a little put out by
his forcefulness and then a wave of fear washed over her and she sat back
rigidly. She closed her eyes and prayed silently.
the slimmest sliver of light came into Talon’s compartment and already
it was getting hot. But he held back and breathed little so he could
listen. Despite the fact that he couldn’t understand a lot that
was said and that most of the time he couldn’t tell who was speaking, he
was able to piece together the following.