"Aw come on" Tholme said, slinging an arm over Miriams shoulder and bringing her in for a small one armed hug. "You still worrying over last night?" While her friend was worrying about her issue Tholme was worrying about her.
"I geuss..." she said. Another group was about to go through. Miriam crossed her arms on her chest and watched. She wanted to tell Thoolme who she really was, she hated this secret keeping form her friend, plus she wasn't sure if Tholme was telling the trith about whats he'd seen last night on the tower.
Tholme gave her one more rub on the shoulder before pulling her arms back to herself. She felt much more relaxed around Miriam, especialy now that she was falling back into her place in the rag-market and the peace of a missions demands. "Just know you can talk to me whenever you need, okay?"
She'd grown up without her family, or the oportunity to have anyone to lean on. Just another orphan of the revolution who had to find a way to scrape by. She didn't want Miriam to have to do that also, and if she could help in anyway she coud she would. In a way, from all their time spent together Tholme had stopped thinking about Miriam as a charge and more as a friend, or a sister.
Miriam nodded. She heard a racket start inside,
"Looks like they got caught." Miriam commented, the noise seemed to signal the second group in had failed,
"WIll RIngs men kill them?" Miriam asked curiosly.
Tholme furrowed her brow slightly, thinking. "It depends on the men, and who they're fighting. If they feel threatened you don't want to be fighting them, but they usualy just like a good scare." She chuckled "They love a good story to build up their reputation"
Miriam half grinned, half of her smile hidden under her mask.
"Yeah they seem like that type." she stated. Finally the second group cam eout after about 7-9 minutes. The third group, who's confidence had been soaring when Miri adn Tholme came out now looked nervous and apprehensive as they headed to do thier own task.
"Well I'd say our little warning came in handy" Tholme's face remained expressionless though her voice held laughter. The group that had just came out of the building looked spooked and more than a little ruffed up. The group after then took even longer, coming out after 11 or 12 minutes, though they looked less beaten. The groups continued, most staying right around that time until the last group, which had Eli.
Miriam suddenly snapped her fingers, she kenw what she recognized about Eli.
"I know where I recognized Eli from." she whispered to Tholme,
"I'll tell you later." she added quietly. Miriam watched the group closely. Eli eyed them and nodded at Tholme before his group ducked inside.
Tholme's eyes widened slightly and she nodded, keeping her eyes forward as Eli's group entered the building. Suprisingly, they came out after on 6 minutes, the closest group behind there own. After that the trial master once again called everyone's atention. "The next trial will be different for all of you, it will involve different tasks and it will come at different times." He paused seeming to sare down everyone of them "This is the last and final test." He then directed everyone back towards the castle, much to their confusion. Tholme however, had a sick feeling pooling in her gut on what the last trial could possibly be.
Miriam sat in the training hall, her stmach felt like it was being squeezed, she wasn't sure she wanted to know what the next trial was.
Miriam stood up,
"We need to step outside or in the washroom...I need to talk to you." she muttered to THolme.