bit. "I'm afraid
Putting her hand on Abraham's arm, she teetered a
feeling well," she
this excitement has caught up to me...I'm not
murmured, "do you suppose we could go back to the
"Of course," Abraham says gallantly. With Cygnion his arm, Abraham
steers her towards Vanderberg.
her back to
"Captain, Miss McKay feels ill, and I'm going to escort
the Alida. Please give our apologies to the
Don." With this, Abraham
heads for the exit with Cygni.
Don. They are all
On the landing outside a group has gathered with the
looking in the same direction. To the southwest is a ruddy
glow in the
sky above the buildings. Clearly there is a large fire.
Someone in the crowd murmurs something about the"Cavalry stables."
A soldier hurries up to the Don and salutes.
"All available men are forming bucket brigades and the
turning out to assist. The horses are out, but many are
through the streets. They are trying to keep the fire from
the barns and the fodder."
Turning to the
The Don nods, "Very well, I shall be along shortly."
guests he says "I apologize my friends, but our evening is
He bows abruptly and without waiting for any words from the
takes his aides and hurries off.
The Kaptain is very solicitous of Miss McKay, and bids her
to return to
the party if she is able.
He bows to the Don at his words. Murmering his thanks.
Is the party breaking up?
About half the guests seem to be intent on leaving immediately. Possibly because of the fire. Others are still mingling and partaking of the Don's hospitality. Most of the servants remain, fetching drinks or food as required. Many of the guards seem to have disappeared, though some remain.