undecided endings part 12 As we approached the high gates, the house looked much less inviting as it had when I first saw it. The guards at the gate stopped us and looked suspiciously at Rowan as he explained that Katherine had given him permission to enter. They asked about me, and he told them I was a friend and that Katherine had asked him to bring me along. Eventually they let us pass, but made us leave the pack with them. Rowan grudgingly agreed, and we walked through the gates up the broad dirt path toward the house. The guards at the front door let us in and told us to wait at the door until an escort came to take us to Katherine's quarters. We stood there looking into the huge hall for some time. I took in every detail and tried to commit it to memory in case I found myself there again on my search for the lord's chambers. There was a large double staircase that curved
undecided endings part 11 At high noon I ducked and dodged through the crowds and took a few side streets and looped back into the square, looking back over my shoulder to be sure Allan had not found me again. Rowan was already waiting when I got there and the serious expression on his face quickly chased away the flashback I had to the night before and our cold encounter with the fountain. "Any news?" I asked as I approached, knowing the answer before he replied. "The entire house is in a lockdown," he said, "Last night a hooded man was seen snooping around the house. Eventually the guard caught him down the hall from the lord's chambers, hiding in the shadows. He was searched and found to be in possession of a dagger coated in a rare type of poison. He was caught before anything could happen, but security has been tightened and the guard doubled."
undecided endings part 10 A tumult of thoughts raced through my mind. I knew we could not stand aside and let the lord be killed, but then again, Adela was a noble and trustworthy person. She was our friend. She would not do something so drastic without good reason. But a small part of me also knew that no matter how good the intentions were, Adela could be seriously punished for such a crime. The very thought of death chilled me to the bone, especially knowing it came from the hands of one of my friends. "Rowan," I said, beginning to rise, "we have to stop her. We can't just sit here and let Adela-" "Let Adela what?" I spun around and saw our elfin friend crossing the floor toward us and found myself at a complete loss for words. "Well then?" she asked, smiling. I looked at her,