"Oh, uh, hello," Orien says, flustered. "Um, this is Tiero, but..."
He holds out a small bag to her. "Here is the silphium."
"Oh, thank you!" She had almost forgotten. He turns to go, and Tiero follows him. "Tiero, I -" she falters - "you will write to me? Tiero?"
"If I can," he says, and she stares after them in consternation as they leave.