Orien is sitting up in her nest, arms resting on the windowsill, gazing at what she can see of the moon through a mass of swaying branches, when she hears a thud from below. Did her uncle have a visitor? At this time of night? She gathers her night shawl around her, pulls on her nightcap, and makes her way down to the balcony, to look over the entrance hall.
"Come this way." Her uncle has opened the door to his study, but since it's under the balcony, she can't see anything. Curious, she tracks the sound of his footsteps and his guest's towards the long storehouse.
Unknown to her, a second guest - uninvited this time - is crouching under the stairs. Still wearing his oversized hat, Tiero is staring after Orien's uncle and his visitor, an Unfledged man with long pale hair.