n amusement. Celene could almost hear the amusement dripping from her words, though she still spoke quietly enough that the others in the tavern would never know.

”I can see why you have not been drinking before now, ” she whispered.

Celene pushed herself away from the wall and stumbled towards the window. She stood in the open doorway for several minutes, still trembling, her heart racing. The street seemed farther away than it should have been as if she had been transported across the entire town.

Roxy came over to help her to the bed. Celene slumped down onto the mattress, barely able to keep her head up. Roxy drew a chair closer so she could sit.

”Do you need me to stay with you tonight? ” she asked.

Celene shook her head. ”I will be fine. I am just not used to all this. ”

She wanted to sleep, but her body would not allow her to rest. Instead, she pulled off her tunic, wrapping it around her waist like a skirt. In the darkness of the room, Roxy laughed quietly. Celene didn care.

Eventually, she found her blanket and managed to wrangle herself out of the inn. She slept through the night, then rose early to prepare herself for the day. By the time Roxy woke, Celene was outside, gazing toward the docks. The sun had risen barely above the horizon, and she looked ready for battle.

Roxy went with her, and they began their trek along the river. Neither one spoke again until they were nearly past Telchin. They made for a small town called Abbotsford, intending to travel only as far as the city gates. By the time they reached the first stables, they had both grown thirsty.

”The prices at the inn were insane, ” Roxy said. ”I think we were better off buying our food and drink here. ”

Celene nodded and waited for her to finish arranging the mounts. She was standing away from the horses, looking towards the end of the street. ”Do you want to ride into town with me? ”

Roxy glanced back at her, surprised. ”No, let me stay here. You don need my company quite yet. ”

”I insist. ” Celene moved closer, gesturing to the road. ”I am not certain you would prefer a companion that insists on following you everywhere. ”

Roxy smiled and followed her out onto the road. ”There are few places I go where someone else is more welcome, Celene, but you have proven to be rather stubborn from time to time. ”

As they reached the centre of the market, Celene took her hands in hers. Roxy looked down at them for several seconds before smiling.

”They do feel warmer now, ” she said.

Celene leaned forward and kissed her cheek. ”So do mine. ”

Roxy smiled as Celene resumed her walk. She admired her progress from afar as if she were a bird trying to watch a nest. Celene wasn quite sure what she was doing here, but Roxy didn seem to mind. Perhaps being needed was enough for now.

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