The story so far:
What I had told the Bailiff was a lie, a red hearing. I didn't have time to read much of Lex’s Instructions. That’s what I always called him. But, I read enough to know the journal was here in town. He wrote them in his personal code, which I always thought was, well conceded of him to write his own code.
I don’t know which surprised me more the fact that I took the time to learn some of it, or that he didn’t believe me when I said I didn’t. Now though, I need to find a safe place to rest and think. I didn’t know of many places and knew I needed to vanish, at least for now.
My family’s small villa was located close to the edge of town, but I walked even further, clear to where there were only dirt roads, that were hardly ever used. I sat behind some trees near a small creek. The trees would hide me from the single dirt road that passed by.
For awhile I just sat there, with my mind empty, looking at the water flow. Hearing the birds nearby, smelling the wet spring air. Then instead of starting to read the instructions, I began to meditate. Everything seemed quite for awhile. Then, I was startled by the sounds of a wagon nearby. It pulled right up to the trees and stopped.
I couldn’t see her at first but I heard Mrs. Drea’s voice. She was calling back to someone on the wagon. “I tell my husband to pack me a picnic and he fills my basket with old fruit and stale bread.”
I only hardly knew Mrs. Drea, but she seemed like the type that always knew things she shouldn’t be able too. I watched as she tossed a few apples and pears and a loaf of bread on the ground. Then for a brief second I thought she saw me. She smiled and brushed off her blouse, then walked back to the wagon still complaining of her husband.
After the wagon rattled away, I came out and inspected the food. I wasn’t very hungry but knew that would change quickly. Absolutely nothing was wrong with the fruit or bread. It was fresh and delicious. I had no way to pack so I ate the fruit and most of the loaf and put the last of it in my pocket.
Finally I sat down to decipher the first step of his instructions. It simply read, Get a veil.