"Not wander off, no," Hat-ib said, shaking her head. "She just wanted to go home to Ilyamen. She waited until I had been running the clinic myself for a good while, then moved home. We stay in touch through letters, though she does come visit every once in a while. I think she's as attached to Ilyamen as I am to Autus. Well," she amended, "maybe not quite that much. She was able to move here for a while; I couldn't get myself to even suggest leaving with Sh--someone dear to me."
Post by Kender Bard on Oct 28, 2008 23:30:49 GMT -5
"You know," Lievan mused, leaning back a little, "travel isn't the same as leaving. You should try it some time. Go visit another land, another culture, and then come back here when you're done. Best of both worlds you could say. The only problem is funding."
Post by Kender Bard on Nov 3, 2008 13:09:07 GMT -5
"Oh well," Lievan murmured, giving a slight shrug. "Sort of. It depends on how you want to travel. Some folks get along just fine with a pack full of food and supplies and their feet. But that is a risky way of going about things. Most people buy or hire a horse so they can buy and carry more supplies. Some who travel alone hire mercenaries to protect them from bandits and monsters."
"Oh my," she murmured. That did sound like it could get expensive, and fast. "I suppose I'll just have to content myself with hearing others describe their journeys, then. I don't think I could afford to hire a mercenary or something like that."
Hat-ib looked at Lievan in surprise. "You're very kind, but are you sure? It would be quite the undertaking, and you hardly know me." It wasn't exactly the same as accompanying an acquaintance to the market, after all. The fact that Lievan was a relative stranger to her didn't bother her so much. If she had the coin to hire a mercenary to travel with her, that person would be a stranger as well. And despite the woman's protest, her expression was hopeful.
Post by Kender Bard on Nov 8, 2008 16:43:14 GMT -5
"I don't mind," he said with a grin. "I don't need to know you long to know you're not some terrible person. I mean, for Worg's sake, you run a clinic to heal people." He chuckled softly. "Besides, I'm not making much here. It won't hurt to try my wares elsewhere."
Hat-ib put a finger to her lips in thought. Winter was mild in Autus, so she didn't have much of an idea how difficult winter travel could be. The length of time was her biggest concern.
Well, like Lievan has said, it was a trip. She'd be coming home. Besides, what did she really have to keep her? She had no family in Autus, no husband, no children....
If I'd been more adaptable, less reluctant to leave, I might have had all of that by now, Hat-ib thought with a touch of regret. She really had nothing to gain by just staying put, and nothing to lose if she left for a few weeks.
"I'm certainly not the only healer here in Autus," she finally said. "I doubt I'll really be missed even if I am gone for a long time."