Chapter 9: The Magicians - Part Ten
Updated: Jan 19
They occasionally saw a farmer pass them on the road, but were basically undisturbed the rest of their walk back to the forest hiding the ship. They reached there, as predicted, as the sun was setting, and when they finally saw the ship behind the tree line, they saw Wenden wave at the entrance and then rush inside the ship to say something before returning back out and greeting the travelers.
“Janen was about to send a search party,” he said.
“We are on time,” said Jendi, “though we are cutting it a bit close to the deadline I set. Anything happen of interest while we were gone?”
“Anyone approach the ship?” asked Vialon.
“No, sir,” said Wenden. “No sign of anyone in your absence.”
“Probably not too surprising,” said Sevenser. “This is a farming community, not a place where people need to go on hikes in the woods. They get enough exercise with the plow.”
“That’s all you saw?” asked Wenden. “Just farmers?”
“We will give a full report later,” said Vialon as he climbed into the main hatchway.
“Yes,” said Jendi to Wenden as she passed him, “just farmers.”
When the last of them entered the ship, Wenden sealed the hatch.
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