Ron snapped to attention and looked up, a somewhat confused look on his face. He had been walking with his head down, lost in thought. Had been thinking about the goblins, about how he'd killed them. The fight, the danger, the blood and the death; he didn't know how to feel about it. Now he was just numb. When he was young he'd alway dreamt of being a warrior, a hero. Dreamt of killing bandits and other scum, of fighting the good fight. Now he wasn't so sure it was a good fight, or if any fight could be considered good at all. He'd run a goblin through the stomach with his sword, but hadn't been too pleased when he saw its face. Hadn't it looked just as scared as he was? And in just as much pain as he would've been if he'd been the one run through? It wascertainly a long way from what he'd imagined. In his imagination, the foes never had any faces. They weren't people at all, had no personalities or history. Just enemies waiting to die in the name of his glory. It was all very confusing.
In front of them was. indeed, old Gavins place, just as Adela had pointed out. Ron looked at her, at her smile, and gave a weak one in reply. She hardly appeared any different at all since the fight, just seemed tired. Ron wasn't sure if he admird her or if he was afraid of her. Perhaps it was a little of both. She was his best friend, the closest thing to family he got, but that only made what he felt now seem even worse; like they'd grown apart, if only a little. He shrugged, trying to rid himself of the notion, and concentrated on home instead. On his cottage, and his bed, and the warm, dry fire he'd build once he got there. Maybe that would calm him down.
They reached the farmhouse, and immedietly something felt wrong. All the windowboards were shut, but the door gaped open, the foreboding darkness inside warning the pair of them to enter. Ron stopped walking and inspected the place. No sounds, no movement. Strange, he muttered, and raised his hand to his mouth. Oi! he shouted towards the house, You in there, Gavin you old bastard?