undecided endings part 9 I slept deeply that night, and well for the most part. Only once did my dreams turn to nightmares, but just as had happened a few nights before, just moments prior to the terrifying climax, I found myself in a peaceful place with no trace of the previous dream. The rest of the night went by quickly and uneventfully.
I awoke that morning to the sound of Adela quietly gathering a few things and preparing to leave. I watched her through my half-lidded eyes and lay very still, wondering where she was going so early, with every intention of following her. The hard part would be to avoid her ever-watchful gaze. I waited as she rummaged through the packs. She pulled out many dried herbs and roots and deposited them in a small black pouch, counted out a fair amount of silver coins, which she put into her bag, along with a small jewel-encrusted dagger. She sto
undecided endings part 4 The town of Dirwing was large by most standards. The fields alone that skirted it reached for miles in every direction. Huge tracts of land filled with produce of every kind stretched as far as the eye could see. It was no surprise that the harvest was so celebrated. It was because of it that the town could be called one of the wealthiest in the western realm. People came from miles around to be a part of the festivities and join in the bounty of the harvest.
We entered the bustling town in the late afternoon just as the street side lanterns were being lit. The outer edges of the city were vacant, but even from the outskirts the chaos in the center could be heard. Brightly colored ribbons hung from windows and flowers decorated doorways of shops and hovels that we passed. Red streamers crisscrossed overhead on the rooftops, maki
undecided endings part 8 I dug through my pack for my change of clothes, thankful that I had not been wearing my winter clothes, and had something warmer to change into. My thick woolen dress was felt rough against my skin as I pulled it on, but I immediately felt warmer, just having dry clothes on. I noticed, however, that the sleeves were not quite as long as they should be, and smiled to myself. Maybe I'm not as short as Rowan says I thought. I hung my wet clothes over the windowsill and carried my slippers downstairs with me to dry by the fire.
I made my way down the short hallway and descended the stairs. When I got to the bottom, I saw Adela already sitting at a food-laden table at the far corner of the room, and went over to her. She smiled at me with that mysterious look of hers on her face and I sat down, suspicious as ever.
"What?" I a
undecided endings part 7 When I awoke, bright rays of sunlight streamed through the slats in the shutters, and noise drifted up from the streets below. I rubbed my eyes and looked around the small room. Our packs were in the corner and a small pile of folded blankets lie on the floor beside the straw bed on which I lay. Adela had long since gone. I sat up and allowed my eyes to adjust to the light as I tried to recall the events of the night before. Images of the performers came back to me, followed by vivid memories of Rowan and the maids I had teased him about, doing exactly what they always did. I remembered leaving the last pair dancing in the moonlight as I followed Adela to the inn, and wondered where my friends were at present. I got up and found my way down the stairs and to the streets outside.
It was high noon, and the city was as bustling with the same business it
undecided endings part 6 As the roar slowly quieted, the players who had been practicing hours before once more picked up their instruments and began to play lively music. The square came alive as the music took command and the people began to dance. Adela, who loved to dance, quickly approached a tall man with the build of a woodcutter, and asked him to dance with her, dragging him into the lighted square. Some found their way back to their homes or nearby inns, but many stayed on to enjoy the remainder of the night. I found an empty barrel in the shadow of a nearby hovel and sat down, taking in everything around me.
The lord sat at the table still, a large goblet in his hand and the look of one who has had too much to drink on his face. The lady and her son, along with some servants, made their way back to the large house, but the young noblewoman remained in her seat, intently watching the crow