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from Aradia's Diaspora by Susan Woerner

Copyright © 2018–2020 Susan Woerner

Scene 62

We reached Akay Niris Bay just as the market was opening for the morning. Merchants were setting out their wares, farmers hawked vegetables and fruits from their wagons as they pulled them through the groggy streets. Citizens threw off sleep like blankets in the summer.

“What is the plan, Betty?” Isobeau whispered to me, “if we stay bunched up against the wall like this, it is going to look suspicious.”

I nodded, “do we have any money? Maybe we can spread out and act like people buying stuff. At least until we can come up with a plan.”

“We do not have much coin,” Isobeau responded, “but in most markets, you can trade and barter.”

“Even better,” I said, “we’ll draw less attention if we talk with people. But let’s stay in small groups and come up with some kind of call or whistle or something we can use if we see trouble.”

Isobeau nodded. She spoke with Ruis and N’kiri.

“I think I know of the Brotherhood that lives here,” Aurie said, “I’m going to go seek them out. Maybe they can help us. Maybe hide us or tell us how to get the slavers off our trail.”

“Aurie, why didn’t we kill them back at their camp?” I asked, though I knew the answer. I just wanted confirmation that I wasn’t delirious or having a nightmare.

“The Twins said we needed to give them to the Ladies,” Aurie replied, “but I don’t see anyone around here that would make me think of Ladies. But then, I don’t know what ‘The Ladies’ means.”

“You and me both,” I said, “ok, go look for your Brothers. Take someone wi...

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