As the first month of summer comes to a close, Alistair puts all of his belongings into his mage dimension, except a single knife he wears on his belt. He takes the key to his room where he has stayed these last several years down to the buildings owner, and heads out through the city. He leaves the harbor district, and follows the outer ring of the city until he gets to the main road out of the city, and walks until he finds another road out, not wanting to take the obvious path. As he leaves the city, walking past farmhouses and barns instead of through the tight packed streets he had become accustomed to, he slowly relaxes, and begins to look around at his surroundings with interest instead of caution.
"The wound was deep enough I'm concerned about infection, but not bad enough I'm concerned about bleeding out."
"It'll take me a bit."
"I don't mind waiting."
He walks over to the kid and looks at the injury. He gets a very concentrated look on his face, and occasionally gestures, and eventually, he touches his hand to the injury briefly, and it quickly heals, leaving no mark.
Xena watches, interested.
She can't tell too much of what he's doing, at this point- there's such a thing as a mage-sense, but it takes practice.
"Now, that's a secret." Alistair says to the kid, "You can't go around telling people what happened, ok? Just say you didn't get hurt."
The kid nods. "I can keep it a secret! Thank you!"
Alistair walks back over to Xena. "Well, that's taken care of now. Hopefully they'll believe us and the kids about the monster, and pay us for killing it..."
"I'm usually good at being convincing."
"That's good! Lets head on back, then?" He starts to lead the way, but it's obvious he can tell she's more experienced in most areas than him, and is taking his cues from her a bit.
She heads back with him.
The news of the monsters demise has not yet made it back to the village- in fact, the news that there was, in fact, a monster, and not merely a series of unrelated minor misfortunes, does not seem to have made it back to the village.
One of the kids seems to have followed them, and rushes forward to an adult. "Mama! Mama! There was a thing in the river and it tried to eat Haraald but this lady came up and asked some questions and then she stabbed it!"
This was not one of the kids Xena spoke to.
She follows the kid.
"All the kids are alright," she starts with, "But there was an odd creature in the water, yes."