Meanwhile, back in the Great Library, Colle is reassuring Ffion over Inric's late return. "It's only been a couple of days," she says.
"Longer than he says."
"That happened with the last place too," Colle says, and Tiero, who knows what happened in Arnwald, flushes and looks away. "Don't worry about him just yet. He's probably found something too interesting to remember to come back. Books, or another new magic system, or something." She frowns. "I hope whatever Yllianvarar wanted isn't too urgent, though."