There was simply no trace of the old man. He had never returned to their base of operations and the funds from Tong were all gone. Could he have stolen them and fled. When she was about to give up, she noticed a boy was following her and his skills were mediocre at best so she scolded herself for not noticing before, unless it had not been that long? She ambushed him on the next corner and his skinny hide was no match for her grip, yet his steeled gaze attempted to mask his fear at having been discovered.
Her hands trembled uncontrollably when she gripped the boy tightly by his shoulders, and she had pulled the boy up against the wall that he hardly had his toes on the ground. What had gotten into her to react this way, she did not know. "You have been following me. Why? Who are you?" Yi urged as she shook the boy a little.
The boy knew he was caught and to his credit, did not try to bullshit his way out.
"Some guy in a hood paid me to keep tabs on ya, is all. See?"
He showed her three gold coins, a fortune for a boy his age, what was he anyway 13? The boy hid back his small treasure as if realizing the stupidity of having shown it in the first place.
She could not shake the feeling of acting, like this was all a rehearsed script...
Li Dao Wen wrote:The big Ogre started to tone down his voice, reverting from cruel and despising to merely gruff. The boy was trying to be helpful, and he was indeed doing him and Hin Wu a great service. Turning to the Duke, he crossed his arms together in wonder. "I don't suppose you've heard of the diatribes which I have hurled against the boy's father, no? Perhaps it would be good if you can talk to the boy. I would imagine myself to be quite... Unsuited to the task."
He sheathed the double halberds behind him to portray a less dangerous figure, though he still posed a grave figure. Looking down at the boy, five feet below his mounted figure, he smiled grimly. "Boy, perhaps you can follow this... Grandpa, and guide his inquiries."
Wu looks to the large man appraisingly. Admirable self-restraint, even a sense of humor in such a vexatious situation, clearly the Ogre was more than a brute such as the late Guan Huang. "The boy Tong has jobbed and used us, and refused to even acknowledge my presence when I reported to his 'base of operations'... I would not suggest proceeding in that manner. You might attempt to locate Lady Ding, or find out what happened to those men who disappeared during the fight, although I'd guess they are bleeding out somewhere. I don't believe we should look to support Tong any longer, but neither should we simply leave."
Wu turns to the boy who is there with them, and nods towards the Magistrate's home. "Any chance you know any of the guards here? We are lacking a lot of information and I think anyone who is close to the Magistrate could help to fill in some of the holes."
"Sure I know the kid, from before he got sick. He has a healer come with a bodyguard every week, come to think of it, not always the same healer and bodyguard on account of the Magistrate's wife's temper, you can hear her swearing from down the street..."