‘“Hmm”?’ said Garovel. ‘What do you mean, “hmm”?’
Hector explained himself. It took some time. He had to go over his experimentation and thought process.
When he was done, Garovel just stared at him for a while.
‘I’ve never seen anyone do such a thing with materialization before,’ the reaper finally said.
And Hector was confused, because Garovel didn’t sound like he was joking or trying to trick him. But then, maybe that was part of the trick.
Garovel turned and floated quickly back toward the others. ‘I need to hear what Asad thinks of this immediately.’
For a brief time, Hector merely stood there, watching him go.
Okay, well, maybe it wasn’t a trick.
Chapter One Hundred Forty-Five: ‘The intervening calm...’
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The next four days passed with a degree of peace--and indeed, even enjoyment--that Hector had not been expecting. The Rainlords met with both the local government and the Akassu treasure hunters several times to negotiate terms, but despite wishing to attend these meetings, Hector had other things to do.
Most importantly, perhaps, he and Garovel needed to wait for Roman and Voreese at the location that they’d specified in their letter. Garovel said that Roman must have received it by now and could therefore show up at anytime, but unfortunately, even though they turned it into a new camping venture of their own, along with Asad’s family and several Rainlords, Roman and Voreese never appeared.
But that was fine, according to Garovel. There was still the meeting place in Capaporo, and perhaps Roman and Voreese were already there. He instructed Hector to leave an iron message behind in case they appeared here later.
Beyond simply waiting for Roman, however, Hector also spent the four days practicing materialization with Asad and frequently Zeff, who came and went from the meetings, keeping them apprised of all new developments.