The stamp of feet no longer reverberates throughout the house. The last soldier column passed our crossroads around midnight during my watch.
The silence was welcome.
After my turn on guard I slept and actually got some rest.
Upon rising, Elijah was just returning from some time apart on the causeway. He reported more strangeness.
The farmers were on the roads again, but instead of being bound for the city, they were headed towards the army camp.
We decided to postpone our departure for today. Instead we dispatched the Captain into the city to reconnoiter.
The news he brought back was disconcerting. Not a single man of military age remains in the city, only women or children or old men.