"Is he still not back?"
Yllianvarar's question breaks into the quiet of the study, and Colle looks up with a smile.
"Good evening, Yllianvarar," she says. "No, I'm afraid not. What did you want to ask him?"
"About someone who wants to come here."
"Is this one different to the others?"
"Yes, because she's from another clan." He looks very serious. "The thing is, most of the burials I've identified belong to Seth-Varouin. Some are from allied clans, but, well, there's nothing about anyone from Sarayan. So I don't know why she wants to visit." Ffion and Colle are listening intently to Yllianvarar, and Jakin is as distracted as usual, so it is only Mina who notices the sound of several heavy books being dropped just outside the room...