Aelfric brought his horse forward, so that he was riding side by side with the old warrior. Aelfric sat a bit lower: his own mount, a light bay gelding, was a bit shorter and slighter than Roland's war horse. It wasn't built for combat or for pulling heavy loads, but for speed and endurance.
"What brings you to Aspenfort?" he asked as they headed north on the road, then ventured a guess. "Lotsa folk been coming looking for a croft of land from Lord Ragnar, but there's a few yet to be claimed."