Allin. I began to fear my brother would be next assigned to the Warlord's guard.
Allin glanced at the man beside him, whose frown seemed permanent.
Allin exchanged a knowing glance with the guard beside him.
Allin shook his head.
The guard beside Allin nearly spat the words.
"We serve Sirian at Rissa's command, though there are some in the kingdom who do not think the Warlord should be a woman," Allin clarified with a faint smile.
"Still your tongue, Lean," Allin warned.
"To our allies to the north and south, to the villages," Allin replied.
Allin issued him a warning look.
Allin and Lean made no move to stop him, and he entered.
He joined Lean and Allin as they dined, listening with forced indifference as they told him that Rissa had left alone with her guard at dusk.
He glanced at the warriors around him, wondering if the people's loyalties were as divided as Allin and Lean seemed to think they were.
Samin, mate of Lela, father of twins Allin and Kellin.
Allin and a red-faced Lean waved him over.
Allin called almost cheerfully.
Taran threw himself into the fight eagerly and was pleased when Allin joined him at his side.