She sat in the corner of the ale house, diffidently listening to their gurgling, drunken speeches. Her fingertips played with the filigree aragon brooch that held together her road-weary cloak. But for that adornment, she might be taken for someone’s servant, lollygagging upon some errand.

She kept her face hidden deep within her cloak’s hood. She might guise herself as man or woman; but her eyes would always betray her, no matter how long her fringe of bangs. Mismatched in shape and size, one icy winter sky blue flecked with silver, the other springtime lilac, speckled with gold. Having spent the better part of a twelvemonth wandering tween the wilding and border lands, she did not wish to risk being caught now.

She sat, letting the weak conversations wash over her. Listening to how people spoke; words used; localities of phrase. At basic communal tables, sided by benches, is how most of the alehouse folks sat. Only she, and another patron across the room, shied from convivial companionship.

He appeared incurious of her; staring thoughtfully down into his cup of ale. He was a scruff; hair and beard ne’er seen a blade; his clothes being rough cut and even more worn than hers. The edge of his upper lip, as could be seen amongst the grizzled hair, was twisted, perhaps pulled by a scar. It was the minutiae of such things as shape of mouth, measured patterns of speech, and sociability which proved the infinite possibilities of observation. Keeping her alive until tomorrow, despite attempts to have it otherwise.


In truth, the scruff had observed her to the letter; she need not sing aloud about herself.

for jusjojan 11: letter and jusjojan 12: sing


Linda Hill’s Just Jot January Rules:

Just Jot It January starts January 1st, but it’s never too late to join in! Here, we run on the honour system; the “jot it” part of JusJoJan means that anything you jot down, anywhere (it doesn’t have to be a post, it can even be a grocery list), counts as a “jot.” If it makes it to your blog that day, great! If it waits a week to get from a sticky note to your screen, no problem!

I’ll post prompts at 2am my time (GMT -5). The prompt will be the word in quotation marks in the title of my 2am post. You don’t have to follow the prompt every day, but that will be where you leave your link for others to see. You’ll get a prompt for every day except Wednesday, when the prompt is simply my One-Liner Wednesday and on Saturday, when your prompt will be the Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS, which will appear at about 9:30am Friday. Each prompt post will include the rules.

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