"How old are they?" Ylva asks, looking up at Inric.
"About six weeks."
"Is it all right for us to be here?" Magistra Colle is hanging back from the entrance.
"It is important not to disturb them when they are very young," Inric says. "But they are nearly ready for weaning."
"Have you worked with them before?" Colle is distracted by one of the kits yawning, revealing tiny stubs of teeth and a very pink tongue. "Uh, did you train Copper?"
"No," Inric says, and looks away, his smile gone. "Copper was trained long ago. A friend of mine was a Keeper, before... Before."