The town of Leopard Hill stands with its gates open and its guards ready to close them if anything happens, which it probably won't. Sesat might be at war but this town is far from Azan. With all that territory in the way it's probably safe to go run errands outside of town. Right?
That’s. Fine. They’ll figure out that they’re not in any danger eventually. In the meantime, Nadi is going to try the woods again.
Teru is there. She's not having a fun campout but it could be a lot worse.
“Hey, are you okay?”
She startles and turns around to face Nadi. "Did you ever find your herbs?"
“Nothing useful I recognize yet.”
"That must be unpleasant for you."
“It’s inconvenient,” she acknowledges.
"I appreciate that you didn't tell your soldiers to look for me around here."
“I wouldn’t have anyway, but I didn’t expect you to still be out here.”
"Did you expect me to get past the town wall or run away?"
“Past the town wall.”
“They’re not letting anyone in, huh? Listen, if you don’t want to be out in the woods until they do, you could come stay at our camp for a bit.”
"...Okay." She hunches over. "I don't have much choice, I guess."
“I’m sorry. I’d rather you were back in town, too.”
Teru makes an affirmative sound instead of pointing out how unlikely that sounds.
“Have you eaten since yesterday?”
“Should get some food in you, then. Come on.”
"I guess." She probably can't convince them she's enthusiastic about Azan but she thinks they'll buy that she's given up on fighting them.
Also she has so little idea what she’s doing that a medic can take her. She’s really not a threat.
The camp isn’t far. The soldiers greet Nadi and make polite noises at Teru as they enter.
Teru hunches over and tries not to look like she's looking for all the exits from camp.
“It’s okay, no one’s going to hurt you,” Nadi reassures her, or tries to.
"Of course," she says dully.