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Some 90 meters to the east of the settlement was the Abergavenie rtiver and when the cry of “Boats in the Water!!” was heard, Jacques rode out to the river to see a flotilla of ten round bull boats approaching up river. There were little people in the boats and they were solemn.

Jacques remembered the story about the Halflings of the river, what the Lady called ‘Her children’. He dismounted and greeted them. The little people unloaded eight of the boats with dried fruits, berries, breads, two large barrels of oil and smoked fish.

Also blankets, but what madeJacques thankful, were medicines carried by four women. They went into the village and went straight to work attending to the wounded and sick. Many of the villagers tried to talk to them and thank them, but the tiny folk were like automatons and nothing deterred them from their rounds. When their labors were done, the wee folk climbed back into their boats and returned from wherever they came.

The villagers were overjoyed at their good fortune. They had to be. An enemy was approaching from the south.

The noon of the 5th day and the cluster of buildings now resembled a true fort than a cluster of farms. An outrider came in at the gallop on a palfry. An arrow was stuck in his back. He was in the throes of delirium as the arrow was poisoned. He was taken to the hospice building and some of the Halfling medicine given to him.. He immediately collapsed into a deep sleep.

Jacques asked for a telling of how many fighters were within the fort and the answer was grim. Six Knights, 14 men angry enough to fight and some archers.

“Some Archers?” asked the Paragon and the reply was 8 with adults, 18 if you add the youngsters strong enough to pull a bow.

He asked who was the best Archer and Sir Richard the Strong offered a worthy named Jonathan Day. Jonathan Day was just two years older than Jacques de Rochefort. He entered the room carrying a well crafted long bow.

“Are ye any good with that thing?” inquired the Paragon.

The young Archer said “Yes” and stood at attention.

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