Iselwen Moonflower dismounted as soon as the rented hippogryph landed at the Shrine of Aviana. The beast reeked. She could guess that it hadn’t been bathed in at least a week. Embarrassing as that was, she was quite sure it had passed gas at least twice during the flight. Thank goodness they were moving.
She poured a little fresh water from the flask she carried, and washed her hands with it before walking across the field to the inn. She checked the downstairs area of the inn first, and found Kelanori sitting on one of the benches sewing. She was talking with a druid, one with a long purple braid. Iselwen stared at the druid, furrowing her brow. Something wasn’t right about that one. She took a few steps nearer then stopped. Something was very wrong with that druid.
“Oh Iselwen, hello!” Kelanori greeted her.
Iselwen kept her eyes on the druid. He looked normal. Something was wrong with him. “Hello Kelanori. I haven’t much time. Everything has been going well?”
Kelanori nodded as she got up. “The baby kicks a lot, but I assume that’s a good sign.” She looked back at the strange druid. “I’ll see you later. Elune-adore.”
“Elune-adore.” He replied.
Something about him made Iselwen shudder. She was more than happy to leave him sitting there as she and Kelanori made their way upstairs.
They reached the room that Kelanori stayed in. “Is it okay to travel?” Kelanori asked as she sat on the edge of the bed.
Iselwen raised a brow, “I would say only if it were absolutely necessary. If you had intended to have the baby any other place than this tauren infested shrine, you should have moved months ago. I can’t say I approve of some of the elves here either.” She thought of the strange one downstairs as she made the last statement and shuddered again. “Have you been eating well?” She asked, trying to forget.
“The food selection here isn’t very good, but others have brought me things from the other inns. Ornasse often brings me berries and other fruit. My brother sometimes makes a really good rabbit stew. I’ve had enough variety.” Kelanori answered as Iselwen felt her stomach.
She pressed on the top right of the bump. “That’s his rear. His back is along this side.” She pressed along the right side. “His head is down. His heartbeat is strong and regular.”
“How much longer will it be?”
“From now? Anywhere from one to four weeks. Unless the baby is early or late.”
Iselwen nodded. “I trust you have someone that can come to get me quickly.”
“I have both family and friends here with me at the Shrine.”
Iselwen nodded again, this time with a satisfied smile. At least the girl had thought ahead enough for that.
As she left a few minutes later, she thought how good it was that she only had to make one more trip to the Shrine.