The bar was not all that different from pubs and taverns that Kael remembered. There was louder music, yes, the lights were different, but the drinks were much the same – just more variety. She bowed to Gemma’s expertise for the first drink and got a wink and a decidedly flirtatious smile in return.
“Are you encouraging me to get you drunk, Madam Kaelingrade?”
“As a matter of fact, I might enjoy that,” Kael agreed. “But I’d have to hope that you have better than an apprentice’s garret to take me back to, since that’s all that they give one for ‘room and board’. Well at least for the room portion. The board is quite nice.”
“Did she call you – did she call you Madam Kaelingrade?” The bartender, a handsome man who was a little younger than Kael’s apparent age, looked surprised. “Is there a new Kael in the tower, then? You look…” He studied her for a moment. “You look genuine.” Continue reading