I swear if I hadn't been so freaked out by the events of this day then the looks on the two men's faces would have sent me reeling in hysterics. Honestly I thought their jaws were about to drop off their faces and their eyes bulged out of their heads so far it was almost unbelievable.
The red-haired woman on the other hand didn't seem remotely peturbed by Elorie's declaration.
"I told you that you couldn't escape your gift Elorie," she said flatly "I knew you were destined to be a Seer but you ignored me. Your mother, your grandmother and all your aunts told you the same. And yet you refused to accept it. Well, it looks to me as if the apparition you're seeing has just proved my point. You can't run from who you are."
Strangely, I don't think that's made her feel any better.
Elorie glared at the red-head, tears still streaking her face. The dark man stepped forward and narrowed his eyes in a glare that was probably meant to ward me off.
It probably would have been more effective had it not been directed at a spot about three meters to my left.
There was a long silence after this, with only Elorie's sobs and Jared's comforting whispers breaking the silence. Then the red-head spoke again.
"We had better hurry. It will be dark soon and we must make camp before sunset. We can talk there, but we will also need to rest. It will be a long day's walk tomorrow without the wagon" She looked out at the darkening horizon, "And we need to reach Abhaim with all haste. Time is running out. Come."
I watched, utterly agog as a pale-faced Jared helped Elorie to her feet and lead her off under the cover of the trees on the side of the road. The dark man took one last look at the wreakage of the wagon, sighed sadly and followed them, the red-head close on his heels.
I turned to leave, but something tugged at me, compelling me to follow. This girl could see me. After years of loneliness, someone had finally seen me. Something told me that this was important, that I should stay with these people. It also told me that they would need me soon, and need me desperately. The feeling wasn't very noticeable, but it was there, like a nagging pain in the back of my mind, ordering me to go with them. I groaned miserably and reluctantly followed them into the trees.
This is turning out to be a good deal more complicated than I thought it would be. Of all the people to run into on the road I just had to find a Seer didn't I?