Thanks to the warning, Colle is not surprised when she runs into Inric later that day, although she was not expecting him to be wearing hat, gloves and cloak.
"Ah, good afternoon," she says. "Did you get your book?"
"And is that where you're going today?" Because she knows by now that the only way to get information from Inric is to ask outright.
"No. I am going outside."
"Any particular reason?"
"To look for a herb." Which is so utterly not what she was expecting that she is floored for a moment - and that gives Jakin the opportunity to stick his head round the bookshelf and pipe in.
"Ooh, we can have a picnic! I'll tell Ffion!" He hurries away without waiting for a reply. Colle finds Inric's puzzled look unexpectedly amusing.
"They were worried about you," she says, but his expression doesn't change.