30th day of Julius, 1669 AV
Isabela smiles at the men surrounding her, “It seems the rather large man over there is not so good at holding his drink. He is somewhat arrogant, isn’t he?”
Hugo is dragged off his chair by 3 burly men, he swings wildly with his wine bottle, hits one in the head who lets go and Hugo drops to the floor again.
“Men do so like their amusements”, Isabela looks around at the men who’d been buying her drinks and notice their attention is focusing more on the fight than on her, “Oh off with you then, I see you are hesitant to miss joining in on the amusements.” She ignores the men having fun and walks around the disturbance.
Isabela looks out at the shore as the Queen Mary ties up to a wooden post at Santa Marina. She sees in the small gathering Olinda dressed in black standing next to an older man in a military uniform. Olinda seems to see someone on board she recognizes, dabs at her eyes with a handkerchief and walks forward escorting the gentleman at her side. Isabela rushes down the gangway towards Olinda but she seems to catch her by surprise. Olinda seems to recognize her at last.
“I’m so sorry for your loss”, Olinda says before they are in each other’s arms crying.
A few minutes later, the man behind Olinda says, “My dear, we really should clear the way and leave the men to their unloading.”
“Very well”, as Olinda and the others walk away from the ship, “Dear, may I present to you the late Casimiro’s youngest sister Isabela. Isabela, this here is Commandante Mondalvo the new General of Santa Marina.” She turns to the Commandante, “I fear you must excuse my absence. I must show Isabela around Santa Marina and let her get settled and I fear you must see to matters with the Captain.”
Once Olinda and Isabela are on their own walking back towards the small village, Olinda looks at Isabela, “I’m so sorry I didn’t recognize you at first, I was desperately looking to see Miro on board the ship even though Brother Keman had already told me he had died a week ago. Also I’ve never seen you in anything but a dress or riding gear. You look much different in armor and you’ve grown.”
“So as you can see, we’re still only a small village but we’re growing all the time with each new ship that ports.”
“Why did Miro decide to stay?”
“Well he liked the wilderness, the freedom, the exploration and the people. He also liked uncovering secrets. Later I’ll show you his notes, maps and letters. He had been appointed as spy master of the colony and although he currently didn’t have any spies, he was gathering as much information as he could about the settlements in the New World. And here we are at the current residence of our leader Gobernadora Maria Francesca de Sandoval y Vega. I’ll see if she is available to see you.”
Olinda knocks on the door, speaks briefly with an elven woman and they are permitted entrance. The elven woman goes through a separate door and comes back with a lady dressed in a fancy formal dress.
“Greetings Gobernadora”, Isabella bows since she hadn’t had a chance to change into her dress, “Please forgive my attire but I have just got off the Queen Mary.”
“Gobernadora, if I may present the late Casimiro’s youngest sister Isabella.”
“I’d be honored to serve the colony in any manner for which you’d have the need. I have 1300 pesos that I can offer to aid in paying the ransom for you sister. She was in good spirits and may I say the slap she gave Francisco was perfect. I’m sure there is a history there of which I know not but the expression of surprise on Francisco face was priceless.”