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 Post Posted: Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:55 pm 
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Arkady nods to the fellow. "Good day to you. We've got a letter for a man who may have ridden through here in the last couple of days; a hunched back fellow on a bay mare with two white socks. His lord wrote it for him, but he didn't know and left without it. So did you see him?"

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"See 'im? Nope. 'Aven't seen any rider like that."

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 Post Posted: Tue Apr 20, 2021 6:33 am 
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Arkady nods. "Very well, did you hear him? Or did someone else see him?"

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 Post Posted: Tue Apr 20, 2021 8:27 am 
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"Dunno if it's the fella you're lookin' for. Somebody tore through here in the middle o' the night, couple of nights back. Didn't go out an' look, but 'e sounded like 'e was in a hurry..."

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"Do you have an idea which direction they were going?"

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"...not sure. Don't remember 'im slowing down, so I guess 'e went straight through 'ere? 'E sure didn't hang about."

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 Post Posted: Tue Apr 20, 2021 11:23 am 
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"And this was a couple nights ago? Two, exactly?"

Once Felix receives confirmation on the exact night it happened, he'll head back to the truck and hide himself from the view of the people in the village. He'll move somewhat farther out to make sure the villagers don't see, if at all possible.

Alright... like programming a computer. Felix finds the route the rider would have had to have passed through and stares at it intently before looking back down at his hands. Contemplating what he thinks he needs, he moves his hands in a motion like turning back the pages of a picture book, with each page being a moment in time that took place on the road in the recent past. If he sees images like he intends, he will keep going back until he finds the night with the rider to see if it was Ivan and, if so, what direction he went.

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 Post Posted: Tue Apr 20, 2021 2:19 pm 
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Arkady considers for a second, then asks "Did you hear or see anything else that night?"

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Felix finds an out-of-the-way spot to sit in the passenger seat of one of the trucks, where no-one can see him, and mimes turning pages backward...

"What are you doing?" asks Piper, suddenly in the driver's seat.

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"Well, nothin' as was to do with the 'orseman at all, but ol' Burt, he lives a-down that way, one of his sheep has somethin', dunno what, but it was baa-ing all night long, an' then there's the farm up that way, where one o' their dogs is in heat, an' then -"

It seems that nights can be quite noisy in this area.

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 Post Posted: Tue Apr 20, 2021 4:36 pm 
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"I want to... turn back the pages, so to speak?" Felix says. "I want to get a look at the night the rider passed through here. See an image of that night as though I were looking at a book of illustrations, turning back each page until I see the moment I want. Would that be possible?"

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 Post Posted: Tue Apr 20, 2021 4:43 pm 
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Arkady looks at Sir Ulath: "Riding like that does not sound like a good way to be caring for a horse to me. How long could he keep that up?"

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"Ah," says Piper. "Yeah, that would be neat, wouldn't it? But it's not something I can do. Or I would have done it already."

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Sir Ulath frowns. "Depends. Could be long. If he only gallops in little bits at a time."

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 Post Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2021 2:24 pm 
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Arkady half grins. "Just through the towns at night, then. Well, if that was him then he came this way out of the forest. But when I have a chance, I am going to wonder how he is only about two days ahead of us, considering his lead and that he seems to be in a hurry.."

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 Post Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2021 6:03 pm 
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"Yeah," Felix says. "But I won't know what the limits are until I've poked and prodded at them enough to determine the boundaries. Though I should perhaps start with something simpler, if I wish to learn..."

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 Post Posted: Thu Apr 22, 2021 2:09 am 
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"Doesn't add up," nods Sir Ulath.

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"That's fair," nods Piper. "There are things I can't do. There are things I don't have the energy to do. And there are things I won't do. And there are things I don't want to do. And... I think that's all the limits?"

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