When the darkness fell, they would stop their day's toil long enough to put up a tent and build a fire, and Eiko and Quina would typically work together (far too enthusiastically for Amarant's tastes) to make them a quick supper before sleep.
Zidane would be the first outafter his belly was full, he took no time to chat at length, immediately splaying out and shutting his eyes. The young ones might converse for a short time before they, too, were asleep, and one by one they all grew still and silent.
The only ones not reasonably close to the fire or to each other were always himself and Freya, and he generally thought nothing of it. She would sit propped against a tree, swathed in half-darkness, her eyes closed as if she were meditating, and he knew she was not asleep until she eventually decided to lay on her side and join the others in rest. He, shortly thereafter, would succumb himself.
But he found himself wondering more and more what kept her at bay. He knew why he kept his