Jerrett and Dixon returned with Bane at their side. The men wore scowls.
Bane sat. Then, turning his nose to the sky, he howled.
Mara got to her feet. “What is it?” she asked.
Dixon glanced Jerrett’s way, then back at her. “Ahhh . . . Bane happened upon a few corpses.” Grimacing, he whispered, “They were just . . . children.”
She pulled back. “Fresh corpses?”
“I’d say they hadn’t been there for more than a day.”
“Do you know what happened to them?”
He leaned in. “Honestly, I don’t know if they died of exposure, or something more sinister. We thought it best we not hang around to find out.” He shrugged. “In any case, I suggest we get what we came here for, and then be on our way as quickly as possible.”
“I agree,” Lucy said. “Tomorrow we’ll continue straight toward Ethanward and Vida’s. I’ll let everyone know that we need to get an early start and make good time.”
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