Ara jumped when a complete stranger suddenly appeared at his shoulder demanging an explanation. He cocked his head to one side and put both ears forward so that they faced the stranger.
"Do I know you?" he asked, still confused.
I guess I missed more than I thought here. Looks to me as if there've been some new arrivals.
And how does this one know my name?
Ara knuckled his forehead, trying to make sense of what was going on. "Sorry, but I really have no idea what's been going on here. I've only just got back from... wherever it was I disappeared to. It's been a long time since I saw this place." he looked across the room, looking at all the stunned faces without really seeing them.
"How long is three years in a place like this?"