"No, I would love to have you there. He will not be able to refuse a beautiful girl. Maybe keep your cape undone a little and give the old man a little extra incentive to help us." I wink at you with that and we head to the third floor. Stationed outside his room is a strange looking man with tattoos covering his body. He carries a long curved blade on his side and his hand reaches for it as we approach.
"Gandos already has a lady, take this whore elsewhere." the guard spits at us.
My primal rage kicks in and I take the man by the throat, and lift him off his feet. His curved blade falls to the ground. "She is my bride, and you will apologize. Then we are going to see Gandos, he sent for me."
The man gurgles out an apology and we head inside. The room is dark and smokey. Smelling of sweet opium smoke and perfume. A dark skinned girl is curled up nude on the bed, and Gandos is bent over a thick ledger. He turns to see us, and makes eye contact with you, then me, then you again. I clear my throat to get his attention back. He gets up slowly and comes over and embraces me.
"James it is so good to see you. And your lady here. I see you have moved on quite fast. And you are so cold. Are you sick."
I give him a look, and the attack on my keep comes into his mind. He realizes why I am cold, then looks at you. "Her too."
"Yes, she was my wifes ward, her father is an small eastern lord who passed years back. She is now in my care, and I mean to take her as my bride someday. On my escape I found her dead, and had to turn her asl well to bring her back. I come to you for help. We need to start a new life, and I know how close you were with my father. Please anything you can do with be repayed double when we are settled."
"Nonsense, you name it and it is yours. You were like a son to me as a child, and your father would curse me from the heavens if I turned you away. What is it you need?" I look over to you, and make a snap decision.
"A ship. Or passage on one to the isles of Tortana. The islands are weathly and take all who arrive. We should be able to get started as traders or something from there."
"Lucky you, I have a ship leaving to Tortana in two days. I can schedule it to leave at night, and you should be in the isles in a week. Are you sure she wouldnt be safer with me?" he gives me a laugh, "Go rest, anything you need just ask. I will also have something to quench your thirst delivered in a few minutes." We embrace again, and he goes back to the girl on the bed and his ledgers.
We reach our room and moments later the door knocks. A young girl comes in wearing a slim, loose, blood red dress. She walks into the bedroom and sits on the bed. We look at each other and peek into the room. She exposes her neck to us and says "Drink, I am here to fill you."