Toby grunted and hugged Sam, then squirmed away, out of her arms. Derek looked vaguely surprised, but stood to keep her from having to bend and shove herself against him, and stayed standing afterward.
Amanda scowled. "I want a fire," she said, and went about building one, muttering something about males underneath her breath.
Toby smirked at her, then shrugged when Derek looked at him questioningly. "I can get some of my better dreamwalkers on the problem tonight when everyone is sleeping. It could be the Nightmare bitch."
"Nightmare bitch?" Aislin asked, perking up a little.
He nodded and glanced at the others. "For a few months shy of a year, the crows and I have been fighting a nightmare bitch. We found her first in a nightmare, killing her parents. They died, really badly, and we stumbled in. She was curious, and has both tried to fight us, and convince us to... I don't know, join her, or become her disciples. We've obviously fought her, as she's not worth our time. I've set traps for her across the dreamscape, but thus far, she hasn't gotten caught enough for me to kill her.
"The last little bit, she's gone really quiet. If she's been here, that could be an answer."
"So, you know for sure it's her?" Aislin asked, a blade suddenly in her hand, her fingers tracing over its edge lightly.
Toby shrugged. "No, duh. Of course not."
"It could be anyone or anything,' Amanda said, a little more sharply than she needed. "Only a fool would assume it's the obvious. I mean, there are plenty of dream creatures that try and eat the crows, right Toby?"
"Yup," Toby said, a little more confidently than the situation really called for.
Derek sighed. "So, we'll know more in the morning. I'd be happy to go with you then. The Crows seem like they're willing to wait to get to Cold Harbor. Aislin, are you alright with this?"
"Sure," she said, grinning. "I'm happy to get in the way."
Flames flickered, and Amanda sighed happily as she got the fire going, pleased that she hadn't used magic at all.