his arm, Abraham
"Of course," Abraham says gallantly. With Cygni on
steers her towards Vanderberg.I'm going to escort her back to
"Captain, Miss McKay feels ill, and
the Alida. Please give our apologies to the Don." Withthis, Abraham
heads for the exit with Cygni."Thank you," Cygni murmured to Abraham, offering a weak
smile. She knew
she could count on her old friend, and she hoped he would
stick with her
if things got rough.
the Don. They are all
On the landing outside a group has gathered with
looking in the same direction. To the southwest is aruddy glow in the
sky above the buildings. Clearly there is a largefire.
Someone in the crowd murmurs something about the
Ah, so a distraction...smart. Cygni gave a slight nod
of approval, then
murmured, "I do hope they got the horses out..." But
she was really
wondering what the prisoners were planning, she would have
having some idea of what to expect.
the citizens are
A soldier hurries up to the Don and salutes.
"All available men are forming bucket brigades and
turning out to assist. The horses are out, but many arerunning loose
through the streets. They are trying to keep the firefrom spreading to
the barns and the fodder."shortly." Turning to the
The Don nods, "Very well, I shall be along
guests he says "I apologize my friends, but our eveningis cut short."
He bows abruptly and without waiting for any words fromthe guests,
takes his aides and hurries off.her to return to
The Kaptain is very solicitous of Miss McKay, and bids
the party if she is able."Get me to th' ship," she whispered to Abraham, "Ive
He bows to the Don at his words. Murmering his thanks.
Is the party breaking up?
somethin' tae tell
There are a lot of people out on the streets. Many are carrying buckets and almost all of them are headed in the direction of the fire. Some look grim and determined to battle this threat to their homes. Others, perhaps with less to lose, seem excited at the prospect of a break in the monotony of their daily existence.
There is a notable absence of soldiers or guards in the streets.
No one approaches Cygni and Abraham on their way to the ship.