“Look. I think you need to get Badger somewhere safer. I don’t know why, but he’s the main reason they came here. And then it’s not so much of a concern if you need to send twenty of your people to the hospital.”
“Except we’d need guards wherever else we took him,” Spade grumbles. “And it’s not as if anywhere else in town is safer. We can’t entirely trust the town guard, and there isn’t really anyone else in town to ask for help.”
“Well, hold on now,” Long says. He makes a very light chuckle. “Maybe we ought to think about this a different way. Why are they after this Badger?”
Spade doesn’t answer, but he’s definitely thinking.
“Is it because they want something he’s got, maybe information? Or is it because there’s something he can do for you that they don’t want him to do?” Long smirks. “In which case, we just need him to do it and make sure they know he did it.”
You definitely feel like this guy knows more than he’s letting on.
Spade really doesn’t seem happy. But after a while, he relents.
“Get Badger in here. I think I need to talk to him.”
It’s not long before someone else arrives, probably Badger. He’s carrying a book.
“What’s going on, Spade? Everyone seems on edge.”
“That’s probably because we’ve got Heron in here. But never mind that. This guy in purple says they were specifically after you.”
“Mr. Flame said that might happen,” Badger sighs. “I wonder if it’s because I found out about the mana roots. Or maybe…”
He suddenly pauses, probably realizing there are strangers present. His eyes turn to Spade, looking for approval.
“I don’t know if I trust them, but I think I can keep an eye on them long enough for it not to matter,” Spade says. “So go ahead, say it.”
Is it the time magic stuff?