noisy, knightly pursuits, prepared the midday bwydnic, for a change uninterrupted by the lads who usually filched things before everything was ready! Just as they had finished, Drimana was aware of a scuffling noise and heavy breathing from below the ledge.
“Gludog! Quick! There’s someone coming!”
“No, there’s not. Shh! … The Red Knight’s about to win!” Gludog was obviously so engrossed in watching, that Drimana determined to see for herself, and prove him wrong! When she leant over, she saw a dark chestnut head about two feet below the ledge. He looked up and his browny-black eyes registered utter surprise, so much so that he momentarily lost his balance! Had it not been for Gludog’s safety line he would have fallen over eight feet to certain death!
“Please be careful, Master Coblyn.” Drimana saw that he was from the Hunters’ Tower with his colouring and the distinctive brownish-grey tunic and muted yellow hose he was wearing.
“Who are you, and what are you doing up on this ledge?” the Coblyn demanded with annoyance in his voice.
Drimana ignoring his tone replied placidly: “We’re here with Master Gludog’s permission and … ” she did not get any further in her explanation, as Gludog, also popping his head over the side, shouted amiably down to his friend:
“How are you doing, Robyn? The last bit is much easier than the first! Come on! Hurry up. … Drimana here has laid a marvellous spread!”
“Don’t you think of anything except your stomach!” Robyn grinned up, now appearing to understand the situation. He concentrated on the climbing, all the time conscious that there was a rather attractive maid anxiously watching him, and he did not wish to make a fool of himself again.
When he arrived at the ledge, both she and Gludog helped him climb the last, rather awkward bit, by pulling him up. He sat down, with gratitude. He hated heights, but suddenly remembering his manners stood up (well back from the edge) and bowed courteously to Drimana.
“Please accept my apologies!” Then with sheer gallantry, he lifted her hand to his lips. Gludog was startled by the gesture! He had never seen him behave like this before. He shot a questioning look at his friend, but evidently, Robyn was determined not to see it, ignoring him. Drimana was equally startled but recovered her composure and as the pretty blush faded, she bade them both join the youngsters for the bwydnic.
“Or it will all be gone!” she added.
“Oh, I forgot; I brought some pokerounce breadies, pine nuts