Colle stares after Inric in frustration, hands on hips. Then she tries her final gambit.
"Brother Aldus has some questions. About the books he's been reading."
Inric stops, and turns.
"What questions does he have?"
"He's in the kitchen," Colle says, grinning in relief. Ten minutes later, Inric is engaged in a complex discussion with Aldus - in Medhan, so she can't understand a word, but it's clear both participants are enjoying themselves enormously. Colle applies herself to the chuckets, sharing a conspiratory wink with Ffion and Tiero, who are sitting opposite. Today, at least, they'd made sure Inric got some proper food and a chance to relax after a long day.