“What was that about?” Vlad asked. “Does she think she can just up and leave like that?”
Gali got up and slammed his fist on the table, glaring at Vlad. “He says you ought to hold your tongue, boy,” Derek communicated. “They’ve saved our lives and been a gracious host to boot. We owe them civility at the very least.”
Vlad scoffed and glared back. “Lecture me again and just see what happens,” he responded venomously.
At that moment, a uniformed soldier enters. The tension dissapated as the party turned their gazes upon the new arrival “Excuse me sirs if I’m intruding…”
Caim got up and waved the comment away. “Not at all. What can we do for you?”
“Well you see, sirs… I… well I’m in a bit of a bind, you see…” he stumbled over his words.
“Come on, out with it,” Emerick shouted impatiently.
“It’s okay, if you are in need of assistance, we’re here to help,” Caim encouraged. “You’re the one that showed us to our rooms last night, am I right?”
“Yes, I am Sergeant Elkas Brevyre of Freedom’s Legion,” he said, slowly gaining confidence. “I’m hesitant to approach anyone about such matters, but Raksha trusts you, so I will, too. My father is an armorsmith and he and my sister sell their wares on a street not far off the square. Unfortuantely, the location is not as good as it used to be. There has been a gang roaming about, forcing shopkeepers to pay them for ‘protection’ and my family’s shop will be hit any day now. Alerting the City Watch could make these men lash out even harder and I can’t fight them off myself. I need a group like you to be in there when they come.”
“What’s in it for me?” asked Vlad and Emerick in unison. Elkas looked flabberghasted for a moment and then regained his composure.
“My father makes high quality armor. We’d be happy to give you some if you can stop this group of racketeers.”
Quiet up till this point, Arily finally raised her voice. “We are a large group. They will know they are being set up if we all go. I will stay and continue preperations for travel.”
“A fair point,” Derek agreed. He looked to Gali briefly. “Gali will stay as well.”
Caim approached Elkas. “Lead on, Sergeant, and we will follow.”
A wave of relief flowed visibly over Elkas. “Thank you so much. I have reason to believe they will show tomorrow. I will make preperations for the potential encounter.”