Klane Kalonia and the Great Burning (15) by DMFW ()
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All at once an unexpected commotion broke out. It started with the muffled call of a girl emerging from somewhere out of sight.
"What shall we do with these? There's no room for them in the small crate."
Before the adults could react, a yelping and skittering announced the playful arrival of the family dog, pushing his way into the room at the sound of a familiar voice. A few seconds later, a trap door was pushed up from below and the owner of the voice was revealed.
The new arrival was the blacksmith's daughter. She emerged, climbing into the light of the room and carrying a small pile of books.
"Hannah, what have we told you!" her father admonished her as the girl stared with wide eyes, shocked to see her uncle and a strange Rider in the house. Books toppled from her hands and scattered over the floor. Klane looked on in astonishment.