“Okay, new plan. There’s someone inside, and we need to draw their attention.”
“We could make bird calls?” Arlene suggests hopefully. “I do a pretty good crow, if I do say so myself.”
You shake your head.
“No, that would get everyone’s attention. All we really want to do is get the priest to look outside and see what’s going on. They’ve probably got no idea about the whole mess happening here.” You reach down and pick up some rocks. “How’s your throwing arm?”
“Probably not good enough to hit a second-story window. Could give it a try, though.”
“I used to play with a toy skyslicer when I was a little one,” you muse. “Learned to toss it pretty far. Maybe I still remember enough of the technique.”
You pick out the biggest rock and hand the rest to Arlene. You carefully make your toss, and it bounces off just next to the window.
Did they hear it? Well, you notice the aura reappearing. You grab another rock and toss it as close to the same place as you can. You repeat a few times until you see the window opening up, and an old priest pokes her head out.
She also looks directly at you after a few minutes. Maybe your aura stands out or something. Whatever it is, she goes back inside soon after.
“So, now what?” Arlene asks. “Do we just wait for her to do something?”
“That’s about what I was thinking,” you say with a shrug.
You aren’t kept waiting for very long.