More introductions followed. The tall blonde man introduced himself as Captain Ethan Dagget, but not before having a go at undermining Natalia’s position in the newly formed group by calling her Nat. The man in the dark cape followed suit. He sat down right next to Natalia and sent shivers down her spine in the process. He took down his hood and gave the briefest of introductions. “My name’s Keres.” He grinned and turned to Natalia before continuing. “Nice to meet you, Nat.”
Natalia glared at him and ground her teeth. This whole thing has severely backfired, now even those two will call me Nat. It’s all Artus’ fault for calling me that in the first place. Maybe I should make up nicknames for them as well. Natalia relaxed her jaw and formed her lips in a thin, barely noticeable smile at her last thought.
Her smile didn’t last long, though, as things got weird once again. The other hooded figure approached Keres whose reaction was incredibly disturbing. “Oh yeah, I forgot about you… But I can’t kill you again here.”
Just who or what is this Keres guy and what does he want. All I know is that I’ll keep away from him as much as it’s possible when travelling in the same group. Natalia was so freaked out she could hardly notice anything else going on around her. “… Colenar … Polrin … Diaz … saving them …”The axe guy was telling everyone about himself, but Natalia couldn’t concentrate on what he was saying.
When she recovered from the shock, she noticed Artus leaving the room. She wasn’t willing to spend more time near Keres so she decided to get to her room as well. “So, Colenar, Ker and Eth. I guess I’ll see you in the morning.” she said teasingly before turning around and walking away.
The room was slightly better than she anticipated in such a place, though that wasn’t saying much. The bed was hardly any better than a hay pile, the wind was blowing through the cracks around the dirty window and the old closet was on the verge of falling apart. I guess it can’t be helped. I’ll have to suffer like this for quite a while, before I finally liberate Rose Manor. Natalia took off her boots, leggings and tunic and reluctantly slipped into a night dress she found in the closet. She kept the cuirass and bracers on. While sleeping with them on would be uncomfortable, she didn’t want to risk anything with Keres staying in the same inn. Natalia put her tunic and leggings on a table and her boots under it. After locking the door she lay on the bed and, after tossing and turning for a while, fell asleep.