When Bahati reaches the north wall for training, it's a mad dash all around. "What's going on?" she asks Zerbine.
"Trouble. Three of the orphans are missing, none of them yet two winters old," Zerbine returns.
"Which ones?" she asks, worried.
"Sasha, Lily, and Zale, again. They've disappeared together for days before, but not when the light shield was low--they could be anywhere, by now."
"Did you check in the stables?"
"Several times. No horses missing either, though, so they couldn't have gotten very far on their own."
"May I talk to the horses? They may have seen something."
"Go, then. And check the loft again if they've nothing to add."
She goes to the filly. "Have you seen your little rider anywhere, young one?"
She nods and flicks her tail up at the loft. He and two friends fell 'sleep up dere, she nods to the ladder. Dey fall 'sleep dere lots.
"Thank you, young friend." She gives her bits of carrot before climbing up into the loft.
She digs around through the hay for a full hour