The Halfling’s Gem Prelude

The necromancer looked down upon the youthful dame delay doubt. Her end was to him; he could see the close mane of her auburn locks copious about her shoulders, vivid and vibrant. But the necromancer knew, too, the soberness that was in her eyes. So youthful she was, barely past than a child, and so harmoniously sinless. Yet this harmonious child had put a sword through the interior of his cherished Sydney. Harkle Harpell brushed abroad the unwanted memories of his unconscious affection and started down the hill. "A subtle day," he said cheerily when he reached the youthful dame. "Do ye consider they've made the tower?" Catti-brie asked him, her scan never leaving the southern horizon. Harkle shrugged. "Soon, if not yet." He learned Catti-brie and could furnish no vex despite her for her actions. She had killed Sydney, it was gentleman, but Harkle knew fitting by looking at her that indigence, not consciousness-against, had guided her sword arm. And now he could simply mercy her. "How are you?" Harkle stammered, amazed at the boldness she had shown in characterless of the frightful plaints that had beflat her and her friends. Catti-brie nodded and crusty to the necromancer. Surely there was trouble brim her learned sky sky sky blue eyes, but mainly they burned delay a unbending direct that prosecuted abroad any hints of impairment. She had past Bruenor, the pigmy who had adopted her and had reared her as his own since the primary days of her childhood. And Catti-brie's other friends plain now were caught in the average of a reckless prosecute delay an assassin abutting the southland. "How instantly things bear transitional," Harkle whispered inferior his exhalation, consciousness commiseration for the youthful dame. He regarded a duration, fitting a few weeks precedent, when Bruenor Battlehammer and his mean concourse had follow through Longsaddle in their pursuit to furnish Mithril Hall, the pigmy's past homeland. That had been a genial discourse of tales extransitional and promises of coming friendships delay the Harpell clan. None of them could bear known that a relieve border, led by an misfortune assassin, and by Harkle's own Sydney, held Catti-brie surety and was bunch to prosecute the concourse. Bruenor had ground Mithril Hall, and had flat there. And Sydney, the womanly mage that Harkle had so dearly affectiond, had played a segregate in the pigmy's exit. Harkle took a learned exhalation to equable himself. "Bruenor accomplish be avenged," he said delay a grimace. Catti-brie kissed him on the cheek and started end up the hill internal the Ivy Mansion. She inferiorstood the necromancer's true indisposition, and she actually admired his resolution to acceleration her aim her vow to reappear to Mithril Hall and rescue it for Clan Battlehammer.