" Henry, I'm going out to the antique bookstore in the capital. Would you like to come with me?" Aislin asked, hanging outside his door.

He was gearing up.

" I can't," he said. " I'm going with a few of the knights to investigate reports of monsters in a town about a day's ride from here."

" Is there anything you'd like me to look for?" Aislin asked.

Henry wanted to tell him to just leave, but could not bring himself to. A switch flipped in his head.

" If you could find any literature about unintentional curses, I would appreciate it," he said stiffly. He slung his bag round his back. " I have to go now. Tell Master Ornstein not to worry. I'll be back within the week."

" Right. Safe travels, Henry."