Rolund kindly ushered Gilan and Zepith to his
living room, where he seated them and gave them
some warm tea. Rolund got a fire going and
introduced his family to Gilan. His wife,
Matilda, was a sweet woman with brown hair and
large blue eyes. Her hair was in a bun and she
adjusted it whenever she spoke. Rolund had three
children- Jessica, Christopher and Katherine.
Jessica was a small girl with brown hair and
large blue eyes like her mother. She was about
six years old and clung to her mother's skirt.
Christopher was twelve. He had bright red hair
like his father.
From what Gilan could gather, Christopher wanted
to be a Stronger just like his father when he
grew up. Obviously he didn't know what they
Katherine had long, dark red hair and blue eyes.
She was tall and slim. Her eyes reflected the
fire in what Gilan thought stunning. She was shy
and didn't meet his gaze, keeping her eyes on
the floor. Her face reddened whenever he spoke.
She looked like she was sixteen or seventeen.
Gilan explained why he was raiding their house
in the middle of the night. He apologized for
the windows and cat. Jessica let go of her
mother's skirt to cry,
"You let Hammie go?!"
Gilan didn't know how to respond. Jessica
marched right up to him, and, holding up a stern
finger, repremanded him.
Zepith found this quite funny, and even Gilan
was forced to chuckle as he smiled and patted
Jessica on the head.
"We can find Hammie in the morning."
Jessica stalked off to Matilda.
"There's a lot more I want to talk to you
about," Rolund said, "but Jessica and
Christopher had better get to bed."
Christopher protested all the way up the stairs
and Gilan could hear him shouting as his mother
wrestled him into bed.
"Would you mind sleeping down here tonight?
Matilda can fetch a few sheets and blankets, but
I'm afraid I don't have two more beds." He
Gilan was quite alright with that but Zepith
preffered to sleep outside. He was "unused to
sleeping under a roof," as he put it.
"Oh, and we can buy you some clothes tomorrow,"
Rolund added around the corner as he
headed back to his bedroom.
"'Night," Gilan whispered to Zepith, who was
Gilan snuggled under the thick blanket Matilda
had given him, wondering whether Jillo, Bennick,
Angelica and Mother were safe. He wondered
where they were. Then as he drifted off to
sleep, Gilan wondered what Jillo was doing that
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