opened to my knock. It was early, not yet light, but she was dressed and
had been working for she held a pad in her hand. "Rider, welcome! Enter,
please." She took my cloak and hung it away as she said, "Come in where
it's warmer. I'll get you something hot. You look cold." She motioned for
me to sit and brought a steaming cup from the box. She stood over me smiling
with a slight admonishing frown which of course I was not to take seriously
except that she really did want to know. "We've heard too little of you,
and nothing from you, since the Rift. Pennbaston thought you'd gone to
the Progenitor's estate and we guessed you were in the outer regions for
the carc race in Ghordaq?"
I raced. And I was there to see Kyd. There will be no more trouble from
that direction about the mining construction. But I think you should withhold
permission to continue yet a while longer. I will enter again. I think
I won't be interrupted this time and I suspect there is a weak place. A
place susceptible to the deeper lines. If it is clearly contained I can
guide you so that it is sealed away and you can proceed with the site and
should have no more interruptions. If it is diffuse I will recommend abandoning
the site. I realize you will face opposition to that."
smiled. "I will indeed. But I will follow your recommendation, rider. Whatever
it is I will support it."
I drank deeply from the cup. I was chilled to the bone and hungry.
rose without speaking and returned from the box with hot stuffed rolls.
you, Gallett," I said, chewing.
wanted to know about Kyd but she said, "Were you with the carc? Was there
no food in your mount?"
was not time. There were things to be done."
nodded, accepting that, accepting the lack of details. I was keyed with
what was on my mind.