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The whole City trembled as though some great beast had shifted beneath it. She frowned and looked around them. They were in the City square where the merchants used to set up. But where once there'd been stalls spread across several open blocks of cobblestone, there was just emptiness now. As though when her kè had sunk his …

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They chittered happily. It wasn't quite the Question they needed asked but it was close enough. Got them one step closer to freedom. Now they just needed to get everyone in place so that when the Question was asked for real, they could hear the Answer and act. Soon. So very soon. And then they'd be really free and …

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"He cannot go there, Sheieh. Do you fucking hear me?" Relyt ducked back around the corner and flattened himself against the wall, listening intently because that was Lílrt's voice. "Aye, my Lord, but we aren't due there for another three days?" His Guardian sounded upset but not in the normal way. "We were only just now beginning …

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