The town is quiet except for the sound of a young woman screaming.
"...an' why don't y'just go right back where y'come from?..."
The fury of this one shrieking woman and a small gaggle of similar specimens is aimed at Azaelle who is sitting with her head in her hands and white blonde hair cascading down her shoulders, nearly reaching the ground.
"... an I know why yer here!"
Azaelle looks up from her boulder/chair and sighs. The expression on her face says "Oh, here we go again."
"You stay away from John Neely!"
Azaelle rolls her eyes.
"...Blah blah blah blah..."
Or, thats what Azaelle hears.
"I know what you are, y'witch!"
That got Azaelle's attention. She stands up to her full six feet, towering over the small red faced female in front of her. She looks around. Are people noticing this? Yes they are. Damn.
The girl continues to yell, which surprises Azaelle. They usually stop when she stands.
Azaelle reaches out her hand but before she can utter a breath, the voice of reason speaks out. A cowled figure slightly larger than the average wall steps forward.
"... You and your big ugly man can just get right outta town!"
This cowled figure is at least seven feet tall and once the dusty brown cloak is moved aside, noticeably well armed with a long bow and a short sword. Also, not as noticeably, this cowled figure is female.
Uza steps toward the woman, fist lightly curled. Azaelle is about to protest when she is interrupted by the sound of singing. A hush falls over the crowd. As if in a trance, they all turn to the source of this beautiful melody. A lone figure walks up to path. His golden blonde head is turned to the heavens as he gracefully approaches. Azaelle gestures to Uza and as all the women are distracted, Azaelle and Uza silently walk away.
Behind them they can hear the sound of Azaelle's brother, Asa, still singing a hymn.
(singing) "... yea, though I walk through the valley of-"
There is a dull thud.
Azaelle and Uza look back. Asa appears to have tripped on a tree root and is being helped to his feet by a half dozen eager women, none of whom are thinking about John Neely.
Azaelle and Uza laugh and shake their heads.
"Maybe we should head up to the covenant early."
"No, it's rude to arrive unannounced. I'll send word that were here and we will wait for an escort."
"What started that problem back there?"
" I just thought he would make a good shield grog. I barely said two word to him."
As the enter the inn, Azaelle gives a message and a coin to a young boy. The message is for Deidre at Loch Callite. Azaelle ex Tytalus has arrived at the inn.
Better late than never.