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June 9, 2018
As she entered she’d noticed the silent exchange between the three men as they glanced over the smooth shoulders of their companions. There was a dangerous conspiracy awaiting here. It would not serve her interests to come between them: a rebuff to one would be taken as an insult to all.
Still standing, the man who had addressed her earlier, beckoned her forward.
‘Will you dine with us?’ he said. ‘Many would be entertained by tales of your journey. This road is not often taken by travellers this time of year.’
‘Your offer is generous,’ she said. ‘We thank you.’