Thorn (calling): Hi, Larch — I’m en route to get Hawthorn now.
Also, this is my friend Kale. You were going to meet him at the party. Say hi, Kale.
Thorn: I’d like to give him the short version of what’s going on.
I trust him — and if I can go in with backup, you shouldn’t even need to set foot outside.
Larch: R-really? If you say he’s cool, then yes — please do! I would feel so much safer.
Kale: Are these people we’re talking about, or some kind of chaos spirits??
Thorn: I want to say people . . . but I wouldn’t put money on it.