Aera met her eyes with a mix of confidence in fear, but the emerald orbs that stared back stirred and birthed more fear and unease. She pushed the feelings back and took in a breath, trying. "She was trying to stop the massacre today." Aera said suddenly. "She was trying to stop Caleb. When your guards took her, I called him here for help." Aera swallowed and licked her lips in thought. "He'd be a good asset. He's also a mind manipulator. Imagine having him along your ranks. Any skin contact with him, and he can see memories and emotions, and he can trick your mind into believing anything he wants." She leaned forward onto the table, feeling a little more brave. "If I tell you where he'll be, I want a promise that Ennis and Miranda will be left alone. They were only caught up in this because of me."
Ruli grinned happily at the woman. "Thank you kindly! Look at that, Marc! Drunk off your lard ass and you still attract women!" He grinned over the man's shoulders to wink at the woman. "It must be his pretty eyes." He lifted his hand to the woman. "Name's Dae. I'm visiting with my sister, up in an inn up the street. We'll drop him off in my room, he can sleep it off. How's that sound, friend?"
They stumbled up the road, Ennis keeping his head down while Ruli spilled out graceful small talk about his made up travels.