Could I speak with you a moment?”

Philomena cocked her head. “Every time we start a conversation like that, you end up being insufferably rude and making me so angry I can barely look at you. Given you are about to ride into serious–” She stuttered to a halt, “–into serious danger, I would prefer to be able to think kindly of you at our parting.” She tightened her arms around her body. “So if there’s anything you wish to say to me, save it until everything is done and we are safe.”

Rainhart digested this in silence. “I cannot say that this is unfair,” he said quietly. “I will hold my tongue for now.