Feb. 14th, 2013


Feb. 14th, 2013 11:14 am
“It is within the realm of possibility that a change could be for the better,” Tyrol says. “And that is why I am not having you driven forth from Peram with whips and clubs. Of course, if you do or say anything that furthers our difficulties or casts aspersions on our fair town, that is still an option.”

“For instance, telling anyone you’ve admitted to ‘temporary difficulties’,” I say.

“For instance, that.”

“I’ve heard the well is spring-fed. Is there any other outlet?” I ask.

“Yes,” he says. “Along the southern edge of town, there’s a stream of water that issues from the side of the bluff. It forms a pool that used to be popular for bathing and washing before running down to meet the river. There’s a footpath from the western gate… little used just lately, but still hard to miss.”

“And has anyone else tried to see to the trouble?”

“Oh, yes,” Tyrol says. “We contrived to have Father Toma, a local priest, bless the well… claimed it was ceremonial, for the anniversary of the town’s founding. We put new covers on it and everything, called it a re-dedication.”

“Ah. Then the covers weren’t in need of replacing because someone had fallen through the old ones?” I say.

“Good heavens, where did you get that idea?”

“Because something has gone wrong with that well, and a death connected to it would make a good start towards explaining what,” I say.

“They were getting a little banged up, but I know of no deaths,” Tyrol says. “When horses first began shying away from it, we dredged it with lines and grapnels to try to bring up whatever might be spooking them, but… well, the well widens considerably towards the bottom. I’m told it’s basically a flooded cave.”

“Ah, well, that sounds promising.”

“Does it?” Tyrol asks brightly.

“Absolutely,” I say.

I don’t tell him that it doesn’t necessarily promise anything good.



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