2018 Dec 11

5 minutes: Her caution is

"It's not to be underestimated, but you are free to wander the city as you wish."

They let us through. We didn't take her words seriously, and soon forgot all our cares behind the castle walls. It had been so long since we were free to wander without constantly looking over our shoulders.

The night was spent with food and drink, comfortable in the knowledge that behind these walls, there wasn't much that could touch us.

The next morning, we woke. One of us was missing. We didn't notice it at the time. There were so many of us.

"Master Jones!" One of the men came to me one morning. "It seems we may be having a problem with deserters."

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