Herlikin mulled around the Court a bit while Clopin went to the Center
to have a drink with the men. Her red dress swished a little as she slowly
walked through the tents and market stands. She went past their dug in canal and dipped her feet in the water. They were clean, she had decided to take another bath to refresh herself. To cleanse the jealousy out of her. As she walked she used her fingers to spin a ring on her middle one, a nervous habit she often exhibited.
She made her warm greetings to the women and men that were out and about that evening. She walked past to where Pipes and Ariel's tent had been. The spot seemed so empty without their splendid decorations and elaborate blankets. She stood there for a few minutes, picturing in her mind how not long ago she had been sitting in that very spot learning how to read. She sighed heavily and moved on her way.
She passed Colombine and walked up to her, giving her something to do.
"Hello." Colombine, surprised at Herlikin's somber mood tried to brighten
"Hi! So," she looked in the direction of where Ariel and Pipes' tent had
been, 'do you miss them?" Herli simply shrugged.
"I'm really not sure. I want them to be here to help me......" she
stopped herself short, "I mean talk with and now there seems to be a small
hole in the Court to where they used to be. I suppose it's yearning for them
to be her, but I'm just really not sure." She trailed off and looked down at
the ground. Colombine had kept looking below Herlikin's face, trying not to
make it obvious but Herli noticed.
"Did you have a quarrel with Clopin?" Herlikin cocked her head slightly
and lowered her brows.
"No, why ever would you think that?" She didn't want to tell about their
shouting match recently, she was sure it was around the Court and back again by now already.
"Oh, I was just curious." Her eyes peered once more downward and then
she looked up suddenly. "Well I have to be leaving you dear, I'm off to walk
the markets and pick up a few things." Colombine winked at that and left.
Suddenly Herlikin felt odd. She tried to determine what it was until she
felt her neck. She was missing her pendant. Frantic she hurried back to the
tent to find it on their table, but she didn't remember leaving it there.
There was a piece of paper on it. She looked at it and read to herself, "To
My Moon." The writing was much less then perfect but it was written
nonetheless. It was obvious much effort had gone into it. She smiled and
moved the paper aside and picked up the pendant. She saw it was turned up side down and noticed indents on the backside. She picked it up slowly and narrowed her eyes, running the fingers of her free hand over the grooves. She knew they had not been their before and she tilted it to face the light. She saw that the indents spelled something out. She read the engraved 'I Love You' on the back and her eyes were blurred with joyful tears. She knew only one person could be responsible and set out of the tent to find her beloved husband.
nimbly jumped into the tent to find it empty, and the table bare.