Zaryna sighed and rubbed her cheek. “Ughh, if these assumptions are all true… Why is it then that people keep using us for their own goals? I mean, I really don’t understand, is everyone really this self-centered these days or what?” She looked apologetic at the others. “Sorry… now I fail. It’s Lurue who brings people like these on our paths and she does favor highly adventurous people. That doesn’t mean however that anyone can use us and if your analysis is true, Reti… then we have to make precautions.” She turned to Lya. “Make sure you keep all evidence close to you. For instance, the note Misari wrote you, Lyanthi, is an important one. What else do we have? Ah, witnesses… the ones at the House of Healing, the owner of the inn where she stays, and… hey? What about her servant? What do we know about that one?”
The others shook their heads.
“Hm, first of all, I say we move in cautious tomorrow morning. Lyanthi, you go first, in cover to see if Misari shows up at the gathering of the caravan at the northern gate. If she isn’t there, we may have to look for her in the city, but my gut tells me she will come after I sent her that note about travelling with a convoy. Seems to me this travel group would be for her the perfect opportunity to escape somewhere down the journey and have the attention of other people on us. We’d be too occupied with people questioning us, and by the time they all figure it out themselves, Misari will be long gone. So, if Misari shows up, which she high likely will, I’ll ask the guards to keep an extra eye on her and I’m even willing to spend a little coin on that. As for us, we’ll take turns in watching her during the nights. And you, Lyanthi… if she asks your help during the journey… help her, but warn us, so we'll all leave the caravan together, sort of.” She shook her head,” I feel mixed about this. On one hand I’d like to drop the entire Misari thing, but if on the other hand she appears sincere about her problems, we could prevent Misari from making bad… evil choices. We could... at some point... be all honest about this, have an open conversation... and perhaps offer her our help anyways?”
She dropped on the bed next to the other girls and sighed. “What do you think?”
A rose colored glow illuminated empty streets and cast long darkly contrasted shadows across cobblestones still wet from the morning dew. The rattle of their carriage and loud ‘clop-clop’ of the horses hooves echoed eerily as they passed through nearly vacant streets and city squares only now slowly coming to life in those early morning hours.
Lyanthi poked her head to the windowed opening to watch the passing of the buildings and few people as they came closer to the North Gate. “This is close enough...stop.” Lyanthi called out to the driver above.
Lyanthi exited the carriage and trotted ahead. She was gone a few minutes then returned, speaking to the driver and pointing further down the street. Once finished, she returned to the carriage and explained.
“Kay...everything is set. I found the caravan and Misari. I didn’t see anything that was suspicious or out of place. They’re all just waiting around. I told the driver just to go ahead and take us in.” They all nodded and felt the carriage begin to move.
As the driver pulled into the staging area, Misari and her servant both turned to watch. Maharetii waved as they exited and began to get their baggage with the help of the driver.
“Is the caravan ready?” Lyanthi spoke to Misari as she approached.
Misari nodded quickly. “We’re ready, and the caravan is impatient to leave when you are ready Miss Lyanthi.”
“Fine...I think Reti got our bags, and Zaryna is speaking with the caravan master. I guess we’re ready as well.” With that, they three found their places near Misari and her servant and began their trip.
It was unusual quiet in the gently rocking carriage. At least compared to how they had been chatting last time at the Misari’s inn. Zaryna sat on one bench with the two sisters semi-snuggled up next to her, and Misari and her servant sat on the bench across them. Zaryna sensed Misari’s curious looks and her eyes met the half-elven’s.
Misari blushed some when she realized her observations had been noticed and thus started a conversation. “So you all three are… well, together? Since long?”
“Uh…” Zaryna glanced at the others “Not that long officially, but we know each other just a little bit longer than that. Actually I met Lyanthi and Reti around the same time and the same place, but seperately.”
“Oh..? Weren’t they then…. “ Misari coughed “ Well,... together?”
Lyanthi opened one eye to indicate that she was still awake, her arm around Reti tightening.
“Well, no, and they had no idea really about each other.”
“They had no idea they were sisters?” Misari practically blurted out.
“Does it matter?” Lya asked.
“Does it matter what, sweety?” Zaryna said, her hand moving lovingly over their arms.
“What we are. Does it matter?” Her eyes shifted to Misari who reddened.
“Uh… oh… no! No, of course not.” She stumbled a bit over her words. “Well, it is just unusual that sisters and such… you know…” Misari averted her eyes.
Lyanthi narrowed her eyes. “You know… what…?”
“I guess no harm is done there… I suppose…”
“Exactly…” Lyanthi said dryly before she leaned in and kissed Reti on her forehead.
The other tiefling purred softly as she dozed some.
“It doesn’t matter indeed, and even less to me.” Zaryna said. “I think we know people will talk but I don’t care at all. And it’s not like we are killing anyone, or are into harming anyone.”
“Yes… yes of course… and I know this story of a sister who…”
“I’m not interested in hearing that… I don’t like to be compared either.” Zarya said surprisingly firm. “And it probably isn’t like that at all.”
Misari gasped and then quickly nodded. “No, of course it isn’t…” Her gazed trailed off from Lyanthi to her servant.
Zaryna however was very perceptive today, paying extra attention to any nonverbal information as well. Where they indeed being used. Was Misari setting up a scene in which she would do something for herself, but at the cost of others, them? Lyanthi didn’t had had the change to talk things over again with Misari ever since they discussed it. Perhaps she would have to create a moment, an opportunity in which she would leave Misari and Lyanthi alone. Perhaps during the next stop… Yes… With an excuse she would lead Reti and herself away from them… and then later on she would see if Lyanthi had learned anything more. As another silence fell over them, Zaryna looked outside the carriage at the highlands covering the rolling landscape, and behind it Mount Waterdeep in the distance loaming above...