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The weapons that they had left beyond the perimeter earlier, were retrieved, but the
rest of the jaunt was made in silence as Zoran suddenly felt at a los s for anything to add
to what had already been said, while everyone else seemed absorbed in their own
Suddenly, a coughing roar of a sound rent the evening air. Zoran instantly hefted his
spear as he instinctively turned into the direction from which it had come, only to quickly
settle back down as he realized that it had come from a considerable distance. Nisaba‘s
hand had slipped from his own and she now drifted over closer to her mother, who,
suddenly alerted, looked to gather in her brood, but of course Mashu was too big for that
Zoran noticed a certain small wetness on Nisaba‘s cheek as her mother‘s arm settled
over her shoulders. The threat of danger had never done this to her before. Had Hilkea‘s
sympathetic gesture caused it? But why? There would always be some ways of females
that would continue to puzzle Zoran.
The sound had emphasized the need for a night watch and Mashu had offered to share
the duty with him without having had to be asked, and the night slipped by uneventfully.
The rapid movement of leaves, reacting to a breeze as they reflected the rising sun‘s
light, played across Zoran‘s closed eyelids. Morning had come much too quickly after
what seemed like only half a night‘s rest.
A breeze should mean a change in the weather, Zoran thought, at least where we
came from, no telling what it means here. Where they had come from again entered
Zoran‘s thoughts, a kind of grieving for all that had been lost to them.
They had again chosen high ground as they always did on their long journey. The
view was encompassing. High mountains to the east, and even closer high mountains to
their west, part of which they seemed to be coming through before they had come upon
the river and its narrow valley. The river looked to be running down toward an ever-
widening landscape that appeared as if it opened up in the far distance onto a broad ever-
flattening plain. Zoran had only been able to vaguely follow Homulkar as he seemed to
try to describe what was up ahead for them, if they continued on in the same manner as
they had come.
If he could trust his understanding of Homulkar‘s map drawing and gestures, there
was a great water far, far away down the immense flatness ahead of them. If they indeed
decided to travel toward it, they would have to go through the lands of many fierce
people who fought among themselves and also, against many of those who had chosen to
cross their lands.
But the way south seemed to beckon Zoran for reasons that he couldn‘t understand.
This he tried to make clear to everyone as Hilkea, and now N isaba readied the morning
meal. O f course they would stop to say good-by to Homulkar and his people and thank
them once again for their hospitality.
Had Nisaba perked up ever so slightly at his words? He couldn‘t tell for sure as her
back was mostly turned to him as she went about helping her mother, but her activity
seemed to go a little faster, or was it just his imagination?
They had been seen right away this time as friends and enthusiastically welcomed.
Zoran was at great pains to assure Homulkar of their appreciation of his hospitality, but
that they must continue south toward whatever awaited them.