"Uh, I, I'm sorry," Tiero babbles, shifting back as Inric approaches. "I didn't, wait -"
Inric stops at the incipient panic in Tiero's voice, and looks away, not wanting to unnerve the boy further. "The kits have developed a liking for books," he tells the corner of the room. "I have not been able to train them properly. I left you some books about the training regime used at the Great Library. Ideally, the kits should be taught to locate books bearing the library mark." He turns to go. "But teaching them not to eat the books would be a good first step."
Tiero stares after him in confusion, the damaged book forgotten.