The morning confirmed my belief. We were leaving to investigate the depot we spied upon earlier. Garrus thought that we may be able to obtain evidence about the destination of the unaccounted for slaves. I wanted to put that place out of action. I thought that with the addition of our mercenary friends, we had a good chance of doing just that.
Tia wasn't working that morning, but I tracked her down at her room behind the Inn.
"I have to leave again," I said," we're going after the others who were taken."
"Please take care of yourself," she replied.
"I will. I am coming back, I promise you."
"How long will you be gone?"
"I may be back in a few days, but I suspect it won't be for very long. I'll have to leave again."
She nodded slowly, and we kissed again, but it was lacking the raw passion of the previous night. I think neither of us were really looking forward to being apart again.
I bought some pies for the road and we marched out. Garrus and Logan in the lead, on horseback.
When we returned to the depot in hills, we had to devise a plan.
After much debate, and Garrus and Logan doing most of the planning, we devised a way to draw their forces to fight us. The archers would should over the low wall with fire arrows, setting the grass and hay on fire, forcing the livestock kept there to panic. Logan and I would approach the front gate, pretending to be drunks on our way home. I was to mistake the depot for my house. As part of the lure, I'd flash that jewelled dagger around a bit, hoping to get them interested in a foray. All of this was so that Wren could slip over the wall on the opposite side of the depot, to take the boss alive, or failing that, obtaining any documents that may shed light on the who and why.
If it all went south, I devised a retreat that involved laying oil at the gate and setting it alight after the last of our people got out. This would frustrate any pursuit, hopefully long enough to make our getaway into the night. We set a rendezvous point a few miles away.
Despite the opposition numbers, we believed that we would win.