"Ummm, we are visitors to this village. We came from the emperor." I said, hoping I sounded realistic.
The boy narrowed his eyes. "The emperor is dead."
"Oh. Well in that case we'd better get back and pray for his soul."
We turned and ran again. I saw a nearby building with a padlock on it.
"In here!" I ripped a hairpin from my hair and jammed it in. Deftly I twisted and the lock turned. We all ran in to hide.