Return of the Riders

In which Peridan and Colin come to Cair Paravel

In the Center of the Courtyard
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You can easily discern this as the center of the royal gardens – a great
fountain decorates the courtyard’s center point. It is a scuplture of a grand
lion, standing over the water’s edge. This lion is not insignifigant though –
it is an artist’s tribute to the ruler of all Narnia, and a portrait of a
noble character.

At all four points of the compass a paved path leads to the corners of the
courtyard, North, East, South and West. To the east lies the entrance to the
grand hall of Cair Paravel, and to the west, the gates of the castle. North
and South lead to flower gardens, where one might sit for a spell.

The sides of the paths here are lines with decorative posts and ribbons,
leading from east to west to form an aisle (going delicately around the
fountain). It appears that the garden to the east has been set up for some
kind of ceremony.
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You can go: North End of the Courtyard <N>, South End of the Courtyard <S>,
Royal Gardens <E>, To the west courtyard <W>

Chlamash strolls out into the courtyard, it is dusk and the stars are just starting to come out. He pauses, to gaze towards the sea and the constellations above.

Chlamash strolls out into the courtyard.The stars can be seen as the light fades from the sky. He pauses to gaze towards the sea and the constellations above.

Avery is sitting on a bench, a book in her lap, but she isn’t reading. Her gaze is fixed on the wide path that leads to the gates.

Haft sits on the edge of the fountain, doing nothing in particular, but upon seeing Chlamash, rises and positions himself behind Avery.

There is a clip-clop of hoofbeats and two lone figures can be seen coming along the path.

Chlamash looks up from his contemplation of the stars upon hearing the hoofbeats, glancing with interest in their direction.

Colin is slightly hunched, his shoulders drooping with weariness.

Avery quickly gets to her feet, closing the book and dropping it on the bench.  She stares at the two horsemen.

Haft tilts his head, observing the pair.

Peridan frowns at his companion before running his eyes across the courtyard. He dismounts gracefully, “Evening, everyone.” He then calls to a few milling servants, “Can you go get a groom for our horses, please?”

Colin gives Peridan a brave smile as he is frowned at.

Avery starts to walk forward when Peridan dismounts, but she feeezes when she recognizes the second man. Her hand flies to her mouth to cover a gasp.

Several Servants nod and bow, dashing off to do as instructed.

Peridan walks over to Colin, muttering quietly to him. He then helps the man dismount.

Peridan mumbles “Only … few more steps.”, to Colin.

Colin grips his gray horse’s saddle and swings his right leg over the horse’s back, using his arms to lower himself to stand at the horse’s side. He keeps holding onto the saddle until he gets his land legs back, saying a quiet thank you to Peridan.

Chlamash bows to both Lord Peridan and his companion. “Good Evening, Lord Peridan.”

Haft strides forward upon recognizing the two men and Colin’s state. His face is professionally neutral. “I can assist, Sir,” he says to Peridan, moving to support Colin if necessary.

Avery just stands there, her eyes wide, hand covering her mouth in shock.

Colin squints at Haft in recognition as he wobbles. He releases the saddle and is able to stand, thankfully, as he works out the soreness. The gelding turns his head to look at his master and he rubs the horse’s nose in thanks before the groom takes him away.

Peridan nods, “Thank you, Haft.” He stands back as the grooms arrive to take the horses. “Good evening, Tarkaan.” He walks over to Avery, “Milady, are you alright?” He looks very concerned.

Chlamash glances Avery’s way, his face registering some concern at Peridan’s comment and the state of the lady, but he makes no action leaving Peridan to tend to the lady.

Avery’s eyes shift from Peridan to Colin and back again. She takes a deep breath and nods, laying her hand gently on his arm.

Colin’s eyes flick over to Peridan and Lady Avery, and the corners of his mouth turn upwards slightly when he notes her hand on Peridan’s arm.

Haft sees the expression, though his own doesn’t change.Peridan covers her hand with his. He gazes into her eyes, still concerned.

Colin’s eyebrow goes up faintly with amusement when he notes he’s been forgotten by his cousin. Turning, he meets Haft’s gaze and gives him a nod of greeting. “Haft. Good to see you. You look well.”

Haft bows. “Thank you, Sir. If I may say so, you do not.”

Colin tips his head again. “Thank you, Haft.”

Haft chuckles. “Can I assist you with anything, Sir?”

Colin glances over at Peridan and Avery, who are completely lost in their own world. “If you could just see to it that I don’t fall flat on my face until I’m out of eyesight, I would be most grateful.”

Avery smiles a little, blushing, but then she looks in Colin’s direction and gently pulls her hand from Peridan’s. With a curtsy, she says, “Haft is very capable of making sure there are no witnesses.”

Haft says, “I can do that. I can take you to the noble’s suites.” Upon hearing Avery’s rejoinder, he goes a bit pink.”

Chlamash clears his throat, shifting position and watching the scene with interest*”

Peridan turns to face them but he does place his hand on Avery’s arm, just in case. He grins, “You forget the dog incident, milady. Haft did not keep the witnesses at bay.”

Colin turns red as well. He bows to Avery as best he can and he doesn’t do too bad a job of it, considering.

Haft says, “As I recall, I was barely a volunteer in the army at that time. I wasn’t aware guarding you was part of my duties.”

Avery looks Colin over, worry coming across her face. She leans into Peridan slightly. “Perhaps Sir Colin should rest. We can tell him about the dogs when he’s had some proper sleep.”

Peridan smiles gently at Lady Avery as he says, “Yes, Colin, I think we should get you to bed.”

Colin protests, “I’m really all right. As long as you don’t make me move or get on a horse again, I’m fine.”

Haft says, “This way, Sir. Commander, which suite shall he have?”

Chlamash says, “Lord Peridan, He may have my suite. I have not much that cannot be moved.””

Colin looks at the stranger in surprise and shakes his head. “Please don’t trouble yourself.”

Haft arcs a brow doubtfully.

Peridan looks at Chlamash, “Thank you, Chlamash but that is not necessary. It is kind of you to offer.” He turns to Haft, “Take him to the suites. I believe a room is made up.”

Haft says, “Of course, Commander.”

Chlamash says, “As you will, Milord.”

Colin gives Peridan a look as he limps after the guard. “Thank you.” He mouths.

Haft leads Colin toward the noble’s suites, keeping a close eye on his condition.

Avery smiles at Colin. “Rest well, or we’ll send the healer up. She’s got some strong remedies.”

Peridan nods to Colin, “Rest well, Cousin.” He turns to Avery, “The healer?”

Colin grimaces. “I’ve seen three healers this week…” He complains under his breath.

Haft leads Colin to his room.

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