Betsey, the remaining chaperone, works hard to keep everyone well fed and the laundry clean, but it's a losing battle until she recruits a volunteer from each of the teams to help out when they are on their rest cycle. The food is limited to rations, supplemented by a bit of fresh food left over from the 3rd Eastgard's stint and some tough biscuits baked with the company's flour stores. She keeps the portions tightly controlled, for the Lieutenant hasn't authorized any foraging expeditions until the other group of six returns.
If they return. Everyone in the company remembers the battle on the road, just a few days ago, where the hundred-strong force was almost wiped out by a gnoll attack. The odds that six men--five men and a woman, really--would manage to find and bring back the lost horses was a prospect that even the boldest of the young soldiers could scarcely believe in.
|Nate, Giles, and Rufus are all on the team that's on their rest cycle right now. That'll give you the most flexibility to socialize and "get to know each other", even though you've really been together for a few weeks now.|