then it inadvertently escaping and running through the doors of the infirmary that I’d forgotten to close. I suppose that was the accidental part. That wasn’t so bad though as when Cook came up to do battle with Master Garan for ‘his creature’ running amok in her kitchen, frightening all the kitchen staff. The final straw, however, came when Overlord Gwalachmai appeared shortly afterwards. He accused Cook of trying to ruin his day. He shouted that allowing vermin into the Refectory was madness. Especially whilst he was trying to impress Lord Maeludd, the Overlord from the Gatehouse Tower, with our tower’s skilful catch of the day, a huge pheasant. Apparently, my cockroach grabbed a massive chunk of the freshly roasted meat from the steaming carcass proudly on display in the Refectory. It then ran off with it, upsetting both Lord Maeludd’s and our Overlord’s platters on its journey across the trestles!” Robyn looked a little forlorn about the subsequent beating he had had at the hands of Master Garan, Lord Gwalachmai and finally Cook, with her enormous wooden spoon!
Nomis was shocked that such a catastrophe could have happened. He sympathised with the poor Coblyn now. Gludog on the other hand, just dissolved into fits of laughter!
“That’s not very appropriate, you know, Gludog,” Nomis chided his new young friend seriously. “That sort of accident could have happened to anyone.”
Gludog simply continued laughing, but through his peals of laughter was able to say: “Oh no! No … things like that only ever happen to Robyn!” Moreover, his laughter was very infectious and in spite of himself, Nomis found he could see the amusing side to poor Robyn’s accident. Even Robyn cheered up a little, with the reaction of his best friend.
“Well I suppose laughing’s better than you giving me a lecture, too!”
They all retreated farther along the corridor in case their noise reached unfriendly ears.
As they walked upwards, to escort Nomis to the courtyard entrance, Robyn and Gludog began to explain from where their unlikely friendship had sprung. Like Nomis, Gludog had once felt sorry for Robyn, whilst they were both in the tower Orphanage. Things hadn’t really changed much; Robyn had always been at the centre of a scrape