After the venison was hot and ready to eat, Ketra took another large plate and sat the venison down on it. She motioned for Callum to sit down and handed him a knife. Callum noticed how Ketra handed him the knife handle first. That's weird, not very many people here know how to properly hand someone a knife like that, the samurai thought.
"Thank you, for making this. You can take a piece of it first." said Callum, being polite. Ketra nodded and pierced the meat with her knife and slid the knife through cleanly in a straight line. She took her fork and held the other side of the piece of venison and quickly placed it on her plate. Callum took a chunk as well and began cutting it into individual pieces.
"Oh, I can't believe I forgot. Do you want ale, wine, or water?" Ketra asked abruptly, standing up and walking over to her bed again, pulling the chest the venison was in back out and opening it.
"I'll have water, thank you." said Callum. Ketra pulled out two tankards from the chest before sliding it back under her bed. Ketra sat one of the tankards next to Callum, who opened it and took a drink from the water. The water was nice and cold, feeling good against Callum's dry throat.
"To answer your questions from earlier, I work two jobs because I need the money for my family. You see, I grew up in a poor family, my dad would work long shifts, morning to night, and would only get ten coins in return, and let me not forget to mention, he would get those ten coins at the end of each week. My mom would stay home and feed my brothers and I with the coin my dad made." Ketra began. Callum nodded and took a bite of venison. After a moment, Ketra spoke again.
"Eventually, when I got old enough to work, I went from building to building in the village we lived in, but no one would take me, as the jobs there were overstaffed. So I decided to go to another village called Bannerfield, and the local tavern accepted me, and I receive twenty-five coins from it a week. I figured I could also work another job, and help make even more coin, so I came over here to Felshire, and took up vending, and with that, I receive fifteen coins at the end of the week, but I'll take it. Every three weeks I send half the coin I make over to my dad so he can feed my mom and brothers much easier." Ketra continued as she ate, taking a long drink once she finished the sentence. Callum shook his head.
"I'm sorry to hear that. I'm glad you are doing what you are doing though, and helping your family out. I'm sure they really appreciate it." said Callum. Ketra smiled as she took another bite of meat.
"They are. I may have to work my fingers to the bone some weeks, but it is worth it." Ketra replied. Callum took a bite of his last piece of venison and got a second chunk. He completely forgot about asking Ketra about the mage.
Meanwhile, four shadows scaled the wooden wall surrounding Felshire and then crouched in the darkness of the night, concealing themselves from the naked eye. One of the shadows crawled onto the roof of the blacksmith shop and looked around the village. As he was looking around, another shadow crawled up beside him.
"Remember, Dzin. Phoenix wants that one samurai guy dead and the girl, Ketra, I believe her name is, alive and brought back to him." said one of the shadows. Dzin nodded his head and smiled from under the hood.
"I know. The hard part will be trying to find these two targets." said Dzin. He turned his head and looked into the shadows behind the blacksmith shop and waved his hand forward. The other two Shadowcloaks made their way up to Dzin and the other member.
"I want you two to make your way to the other side of the village. We need to keep an eye out in the village for a little bit first before we go into that temple." Dzin explained. The two other members nodded before quickly turning and making their way to the other semi circle of the village.
"Thanks for hanging out with me for a little bit, Cal. I really appreciate it." said Ketra, opening the door to her room and letting Callum out first.