GENRE: YA Fantasy
Sabin and Zaida are running from yovi, servants of their enemy. Now, they’re visiting Sabin’s old town to find someone Sabin says can help them, but secrecy is key; there are posters of their faces everywhere. This is the scene where the gatekeeper — who recognizes Sabin — lets them in.
A heavy lock clicked behind the door and it creaked open a crack.
“Who goes there? We said we… oh.” It opened wider. “Sabin!”
“Shut up,” Sabin said quietly.
A middle aged man slipped out of the door and shut it behind him. “What are you doing here? The yovi arrived this morning said they were looking for two dangerous runaways. Your face is on posters right now! No one could believe it was—”
“Save it for later. I have to see Evin.”
“Not now you can’t.” The man seemed genuinely agitated. “What do you think you’re doing?”
Sabin glanced at me. “I can’t explain. Just trust that things are finally going the right way.”
The man seemed to notice me for the first time. “Zaida. She’s here too? Look, if you bring the yovi down on all of us…”
“Trust me, all right?”
“Your word is all I’m on.” The man opened the door and hurried us in. “Make this quick. Last I saw her was in the Inn ‘bout a week ago.”
Sabin cursed. “If she’s not here and we have to leave, tell her I came as soon as you next see her, all right?”
“Will do. Only be careful.”