"You are a skyrider?"
she asked, raising an eyebrow. She had no idea what that was but it sounded like a very exciting thing. But Lady Burhan, who Faith was coming to the conclusion was a mystery wrapped in an enigma and all packed in a very likeable woman, simply patted her hand and told her to rest with her. Because as Faith looked at her and smiled a slight smile she realised that Lady Burhan loooked different
. What was it? She looked more relaxed, more at home. Like this was what made sense to her. Or maybe like she was no longer a victim, not in her mind or her head or her heart. Faith wondered if that was what freedom looked like, right there, but she quickly pushed the thought out of her mind.
It was a wonderfully decadent thing to do but Lady Burhan had instructed her to rest with her, so Faith lay down on the grass and looked up at the sky. With a contented sigh she felt herself relax and then turned to look at Lady Burhan with a dawning sense of horror. Listening to the noble Lady's words, Faith turned and propped her head up on her hand as she listened to her. She didn't speak, she just listened and she waited until Lady Burhan finished speaking.
Except, of course, she wasn't Lady Burhan.
Faith looked at her and she spoke in her usual quiet tone. "I owe you an apology and it is most sincerely meant. I did not consider what I was calling you, my Lady"
she explained, her silver grey eyes searching Elyna's face. "My Master called you Lady Burhan and so I did the same. But that is not your name. I can not call you what you would prefer I did, my Master does not allow me to address free men and women by just their first names. Perhaps I could call you Lady Elyna?"
she asked, her voice soft and earnest. The woman spoke of not being married, Faith did not understand it but she did not question it. "Not just you and your baby, Lady Elyna. You have good friends and they are worth their weight in gold nells, I believe"
sad to say, she didn't know. The young woman had no friends of her own, her lifestyle simply did not allow it. But then, it was more complicated than that ~ until very recently she had not been allowed to think of herself as a person. Now, things were changing for her and quickly.
"If you would teach me, and Master would allow me to learn, I would be most pleased to"
she replied. Then, she spoke again and she did so from her heart "Does being married matter, Lady Elyna? If you are married to Lord Krome"
she motioned over to where Marcus Krome was, sort of "It will not make you love him."
There was more there, logic that followed, but she did not go further it was not her place. And that she did not love Marcus Krome? That was no bad thing, Faith considered, especially in light of how he had treated her. But more than that she did not say, because it simply was not her place to do so. So instead, she asked a very simple question.
"My lady, what is a Skyrider?"