(oh that's ok sorry I haven't been on in forever I been working my butt off and was to tired to think of a reply )
Isis kept quiet for the time being smirking and slightly laughing at the reuin between Iris and her uncle as the old man seemed pleased to see his niece after so long. She followed the two inside with Seleh at her side as she helped her into the living room area where Vates led them and helped her to the sofa so she could lay down and rest. At the mention of something to drink she nodded her heard and smiled."Yes please I would love a cup of tea sir"She said and looked at Seleh. "I'm Isis and this is Seleh it's nice to meet you....what was your name again sir?"She asked him curiously.
"Ah, yes, right! Where are my manners? Sincerest apology, my good lady." The graying eccentric seemed genuinely embarrassed before bowing his head slightly to his guests. "Vates P Ersatz -- machinist, inventor, researcher, and expert Quint appraiser. Do forgive me for the belated introduction."
Selah had been in the process of gradually easing herself onto the couch, careful not to pop her stitches or vex her wounds as she did. However, she looked up in surprise when she heard Vates give his name. "The artificer eccentric? You are the master Quint-crafter of Vale?" He groaned in pain, having apparently moved a bit too quick as she sat, then looked around. "Not sure why I'm surprised." There was a thoughtful pause. "If you are Iris' uncle, then..."
Seeing where she was going after a moment, the old man put a finger to his lips in a 'shh' gesture, followed by a wink. It was confirmation enough that he was a Zofien too, though clearly not something he preferred to talk about. "You two take your leisure here. I'll return shortly with that tea."
In the time it took Vates to make tea Iris has returned with salves, bandages, and a handful of restorative elixirs -- it seems Vates was kept well stocked in the event there was need, though likely not his initiative all things considered. With steaming tea set out before them all Iris told her uncle the brief tale of the encounter on the road, going light on the details of what brought them out there in the first place. That, after all, was a conversation to be had in greater privacy. Vates listened with rapt attention, particularly at the mention of a griffon.
"My word! A trained griffon -- that's not something you hear of everyday, now is it?"
"No," Selah chimed in, having gone quiet while Iris worked on her wounds. She gave Vates a very purposeful look. "And I'd rather keep it that way, if you don't mind." The unspoken offer of keeping his secret so long as he kept hers hung in the air like a weight and Vates was quick to nod his understanding.
"So, Mullberry End... good gracious, what takes you out to that charming little hamlet? Another secret, I suppose?"
"Yes, unfortunately." She paused, wincing as Iris applied balm to a particularly sensitive spot. "You all seem like good, honest people, and I'm most grateful for the aid... but that which takes me west is a private matter, not mine to disclose. Please, forgive me that."
The artificer seemed to consider things a moment, stroking his beard as he did so. "Yes, well... probably best if you young ladies get some rest. Quite a road ahead, hm." He cleared his throat briefly, then gestured Isis' way. "Miss, um... Isis, wasn't it? A word in private, if I may?"
Isis had sat quietly listening to Iris tell her uncle about the things that had unfolded and why they had came to his home for aid and rest.She had sat down and sipped slightly on her tea until it was all gone before the man had looked in her direction and asked if he could talk to her privately .She rose an eye brow slightly looking at Iris before looking at Vates"Um...yes I suppose sir."She said as she sat her finished cup of tea on the nearest table to her before she stood up.Wondering what he would like to talk to her about...or maybe it was the fact for what she was herself,but she pushed the thoughts aside as she went to follow him out of the room so they could talk privately.
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