“Thraingaar’s BALLS lass what do you be doing here?” Durrak thundered, shaking the girl’s arm. “I did nearly be splitting you in half you little fool!”
“Easy Durrak.” Lorin said, gently removing the Dwarf’s thickly calloused hand from its grip. “You’re shaking the teeth out of her head man.”
Durrak’s anger faded and he stalked to the pile of rubble, tossing huge chunks of stone aside with ease until he managed to unearth the haft of his dropped gisarme. With a grunt of effort, he pulled the weapon free and turned back to see the girl looking at him with wide eyes. Something about her seemed too calculating, but he dismissed the thought with a shake of his head.
“I do be sorry little one.” He said, kneeling and looking her in the eyes. “I do be Durrak. What do you be doing here? It do be dangerous. Do you be having family we could be helping you find?”
“You talk funny.” She said, looking at him suspiciously. “Why you talk like that?”
“Because he’s a weird person.” Lorin said with a smile. “Now who are you and what are you doing out here all alone?”
Durrak pulled a cigar from his pouch and watched the girl carefully as he exhaled jet black smoke that faded to red as it dissipated. Something didn’t seem right here. She wasn’t scared.
“I’m here from the Lady Ellen Eth Orien, Mistress of the Undercity.” The girl gave a little curtsey, spreading the ragged ends of her tattered dress. “If it please the gentlemen, she would like to visit with you.”
Lorin and Durrak exchanged a glance. One or two of the refugees had mentioned rumors about someone who had set up some kind of enclave below the city, but they’d never found anyone who could corroborate them.
“I do be honored by the Lady’s invitation.” Durrak said with a bow, “When do be a good time to visit the Lady?”
“She awaits your pleasure Lord Caverstorm.” The girl said, grinning and giving another deeper curtsey. “Although I think she would appreciate you and Lord Lorin cleaning the ick off your armor before you present yourselves.”
“I think that can be arranged.” Lorin said, looking at his friend over the girl’s head. “Why don’t you come and refresh yourself as well? We have food and water in plenty.”
“If it is not too much trouble it would be greatly appreciated.” She said, standing next to Lorin with an expectant look on her face. When he offered her his arm her face lit up and she tucked her arm into the crook of his elbow and let him lead her away toward one of their lesser safe houses.
Lorin was being cautious and that was good. There was much more to this child than met the eye. Durrak had noticed that humans were often like that. He fought away memories that threatened to rise up as he followed, motioning for the others to take up the rear.