We had arrived in a village and much to Valour's disdain, he had been put on caring for our injured. For some reason he had decided to rope me along with the task. I knew better to refuse, but out of all the people in our group he made me the least comfortable. While it seemed it might be easy to distract him into talking about himself, he had asked too many questions in the past, and questions disturbed me.
We quickly found a tavern and secured rooms for the night. Lace and Arien were placed in a room together, and Valour and I pulled up chairs around them. Valour quickly got down to trying to impress me with his stories.
"And thats how I defeated 10 goblins..." he finished, looking at me as if expecting me to be suitably wowed.
"You could at least pretend to be interested" he muttered, on seeing my disbelieving face.
"I'm sorry," I murmured.
"Well since you don't like my stories perhaps you could tell me about yourself. Why are you on this quest?" he pried.
I glanced at him briefly then glanced away. "Because it is right," I said simply. I knew Valour wouldn't be satisfied with that answer, but it was all I wanted to give.
"Come now, there has to be more than that. Most people love to talk about themselves, why are you so quiet?" he pried further.
"What like you?" I muttered under my breath, hoping he didn't hear. Luckily he didn't seem to. "I just don't like to talk"
"But I want to know about you," Valour continued, his eyes entirely focused on me.
"Oh give it a rest Valour," Arien murmured, sitting up from her sick bed. "Leave the girl alone, I'm tired of hearing of your prattle."
Valour glared around the room, then got to his feet with a flounce. "Women," he said, rolling his eyes. "Well I can see I'm not wanted. Alexican you can take care of these two I'm sure, I'm going to wet my lips in the tavern below." And with that, he stormed out of the room, slamming the door behind him.
"Well thank god for that," Arien murmured, laying back down.
I turned to her. "Thank you," I replied, before adjusting her pillows. "Is there anything I can get you?"
"I think I just need more rest," she said softly. "Which wasn't easy to do with him around."