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Aaydan has broken his word to the Juman friends who have risked their lives to hide him from the Dominion. He has been daily venturing down off the mountain to watch a young village woman, Iva. His heart has been taken, but he knows that when she sees his face, and realizes his kind, she will be frightened of him. So he has kept his distance, concealed by underbrush, forest, boulders etc. But tonight, he got close enough to her that she could "scent" him nearby--the villagers have an acute sense of smell.. She smelled adrenaline, which she equates with fear.
There is a bit of foreshadowing here...there is a tragedy coming.
"Walking at a hurried pace, she made her way to the edge of town…acutely aware that the scent never seemed to fall away from her. As she stepped through the vine-covered entrance gate marking the end of field and forest and the formal start of town, the smell began to fade.
The wind blew in gentle gusts through leaves that were gray in Juman years. The words of the wind searched for a sooth born of Jumans…someone who could speak in the tongues of the ancients. But the sooth could not be found. Yet the wind spoke over and over again in vain, “Safety is not made by village gates and walls…”
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