So Pearl is sleeping in her room after learning of the death of the stable boy. When she awakens, she finds that a note was left for her on the table. On it is written a stark warning of the fact that she is bringing too much attention to herself, and an invitation to meet with a secret friend, in the alley next to the Lusty Mermaid. She tells herself that she is intrigued, and she will go that night under cover of darkness to meet this individual. She also goes to Lady a Flint to discuss some of these things with her, and to ask whether given the dangers that have been present lately, whether it would be possible for Pearl to stay with Lady Flint in her chambers. lady Flint would consider it…
Across the way, Ser Gregor is awakening, and looking to train and to see his betrothed again. After training, he heads over to House Barnell to see Eyva, and is warmly greeted when he arrives by Lady Barnell. As he heads over to look for Eyva, he is asked to go and see Lord Barnell, who is in his solar with Kieran Orell, his captain of the guard. Lord Barnell is glad to see that things are well with Gregor and is glad that all of the ugliness of the trial is over and that Gregor was able to clear his name. But he also asks Gregor in an honest manner of what happened out there on the fields next to the farms, and how his family is holding up, given the threat that the flux poses to the area and the rumor of a Bolton emmisary on his way to the area.
Gregor responds by reassuring Lord Barnell and his captain of the guard that things are well at their house, but also as an afterthought mentions that he is also puzzled by a sword that his father had that is a smaller, but exact copy of the sword that was involved in the incidents at the farmhouses. Both Barnell and Kieran ask if he is sure of what he saw, and once Gregor agrees that he did, they both thank him for his time with them and send him on his way with Eyva.
That night, Pearl heads down to the Lusty Mermaid to meet up with this mysterious individual who may have more information about what is happening in Widow’s Watch.
While there she meets up with this mysterious individual in the alley, who seems as if he is willing to help Pearl, but she is curious as to why he is willing to do this. She also asks how she would trust him with anything he has told her?
Amongst the things he said, are that Lady Flint is in danger, from the coming emissary of House Bolton, there is the present danger from the flux, and to earn Pearl’s trust, this shadowy figure tells her that Botley the Boil has much to say, but will not be given the chance if the killer sent to silence him is successful. Time is short he warns her. And at that, he tells her how to send a signal to him if necessary, and bids her farewell.
The following day, Lord Peak summons Gregor to accompany a group of soldiers going to House Flint to pick up some supplies that she was housing for them. Gregor is to go with them, pick up the supplies, and return home. At House Flint, Lady a Flint asks Pearl if she would await the arrival of the soldiers from House Peak and welcome their son Gregor into the solar for food and drink. lady Flint would like to know if Pearl would be willing to ask Gregor questions about his house and whether things are well there. As Pearl is leaving, Lady Flint also lets Pearl know that she has decided to have Pearl stay with her as a safety precaution.
Gregor and his men show up, the soldiers go off to collect the supplies, while Gregor is welcomed by Pearl and offered food and drink in the solar. There they talk pleasantries with each other, but nothing of great value is mentioned by both parties. Pearl takes Gregor back to the entrance where the supplies have been loaded up, and they part ways. But as Gregor is riding away from House Flint, he encounters a small, but well-armed group of soldiers from house Barnell heading towards House Flint. Amongst the riders is the Captain of the guards for house Barnell, who glances at Gregor as they pass, nodding slowly, with a grim visage.
Seeing that, Gregor and the riders go back to House Flint, where Kieran Orell is asking Pearl for an audience with Lady Flint, due to an urgent message from Lord Barnell. Gregor, being the chivalrous knight, demands to know what is the meaning for all of these soldiers being here and for the purpose of this unannounced visit. Kieran firmly, but politely states that this is House Barnell business and of no importance to House Peak, but Gregor manages to convince both Kieran and Pearl that if this information is so urgent that he should also be present to hear it. Both Kieran and Pearl give in, and so they all head upstairs to see Lady Flint while Flint’s soldiers remain downstairs.
In Lady Flint’s solar, with all of them present, Kieran glances over to Gregor as he explains that he has in his hand a letter from Lord Barnell, accusing Lord Peak of being responsible for the flux that is plaguing the farmers, and for the deaths of House Flint’s soldiers. He mentions the information that Gregor gave them the other day, and how there can be irrefutable proof of this in whatever Botley the Boil has to say. Given this, all agree that there is no other option but to go interrogate Botley as soon as possible, especially since it’s been a few days so he’s most likely ready to talk. So Lady Flint remains in her solar while the rest of them go down to interrogate Botley.
While they are heading down, they start to hear the sounds of people yelling, and as they get closer they hear the sounds of sword fighting. Kieran and Gregor go to see what the fighting is about while Pearl states that she will be heading down to the dungeon alone to check on Botley.
Kieran and Gregor go down to the entrance to see that Gregor’s men had begun attacking and killing the Flint people downstairs. Both Kieran and Gregor rush in to attack and end up killing all of the Flint men, who taunt Gregor as a traitor. Furthermore, Gregor notices that of all the men that he came with, there is one soldier missing…
in the dungeons, Pearl heads towards the cells, where it is very quiet…. Too quiet. As she approaches the first gate to get into the cells, she finds both soldiers that man the area are on the ground, dead or dying, she picks up a dirk and a blade, and continues on into the dungeon, heading towards the cell where Botley is kept. As she slowly moves forward, he sees the hook that had the keys for all the cells is empty, and hears a squeaking as a cell towards the end of the cells is opened. Pearl rushes down and gets to Botley’s cell, where his doos is open, and she looks in to see Botley still shackled against the wall, but no one else inside. As she looks Round, she hears a voice behind her say, “you are going to die.”