Tomas made a couple of jaunts to our rear to head off any surprises from that quarter. Satisfied he changed his focus to the direction ahead.
In between two such forays Elijah collared him, whispered some instructions and sent him on his way.
I guessed that the thrust of their exchange had to do with the smudge that was then open to our view off to the right of our track.
I know I was curious about it.
It was quite some time before Tomas returned from his exploratory errand.
And I was correct Elijah had indeed dispatched him to discover what lay behind that ‘smudge.’
Tomas was excited. He wanted the Captain to return with him for a look.