- The General and his Brothers were morose as they sat staring into the fire. The responsibility of caring for the compound must be enormous. Secretly, I was glad Damien would not know the same stress.
- My family assured the General they would find the bandits, but the General did not look convinced. Eventually he roused out of his thoughts long enough to excuse my men to go upstairs. We left his dwelling quickly and politely.
- Outside the main yard was quiet. There as almost no one around. I assumed the men were either running the extra patrols or already in bed. We walked quickly back to the transport we had arrived on.