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Continuing from Disturbed Magic (until or unless a better title comes along) and picking up with the aftermath from last week’s post, in which a group of half a dozen guards from a merchant caravan were harassing a woman in an alley and somewhat recklessly challenged Kel to make them stop.
Dispassionately, Kel wiped the blade clean before sliding the sword back into its scabbard, glancing briefly at the woman the men had been attacking. She was still on the ground, crouching, frightened, large dark eyes watching warily. Her dress was in disarray but did not seem to be torn, and her hair had worked itself loose.
“I’m not going to hurt you.” Kel’s voice was gentle, quiet. “Get your dagger and straighten yourself up and I’ll escort you to your home.”
Turning away to give her some privacy Kel relieved the corpses of their coins and any jewelry, only to find the woman still watching intently when she had finished with the bodies.
“It’s all right. I promise. I will not harm you.”
“Who – what – are you?”
“My name’s Kel, and I’m just a warrior.”