Then have them. Go. He moved his hands in a shooing gesture. I encourage you to do this. Or them, as it were.
Nesryn wasnt certain whether to thank the young woman or begrudge her for interrupting, but … Her stomach was indeed an aching pit. And it had been a long while since shed bathed.Neither Sartaq nor Falkan stopped them, though their murmuring resumed as Borte escorted her into the hallway that shot straight into the mountain itself. Wooden doors lined it, some open to reveal small bedchambers—even a little library.
He is a strange man, Borte said in Halha. My grandmother refuses to speak of why he came here—what he seeks.Nesryn lifted a brow. Trade, perhaps?Borte shook her head, opening a door halfway down the hall. The room was small, a narrow bed tucked against one wall, the other occupied by a trunk and a wooden chair. The far wall held a washbasin and ewer, along with a pile of soft-looking cloths. We have no goods to sell. We are usually the merchants—ferrying goods across the continent. Our clan here, not so much, but some of the others … Their aeries are full of treasures from every territory. She toed the rickety bed and frowned. Not this old junk.
Nesryn chuckled. Perhaps he wishes to assist you in expanding, then.Borte turned, braids swaying. No. He doesnt meet with anyone, or seem interested in that. A shrug. It matters little. Only that he is here.
Nesryn folded away the tidbits of information. He didnt seem like one of Moraths agents, but who knew how far the arm of Erawan now stretched? If it had reached Antica, then it was possible it had delved into the continent. Shed be on her guard—had no doubt Sartaq already was.
Borte twirled the end of a braid around a finger. I saw the way you sized him up. You dont think hes here for business, either.We … discussed things.
Her chest sank at the careful words. I see.Sartaq stopped, the sandy alley humming with the buzzing bees in the jasmine that climbed the walls of the bordering courtyards. The one behind them: the back, private courtyard belonging to her family. She wished she could slither over the wall and hide within. Rather than hear this.
But Nesryn made herself meet the princes eyes. Saw him scanning her face.I told him, Sartaq said at last, that I planned to lead the rukhin against Erawan, with or without his consent.