29 i) Before the guards can effectively pursue
Before the guards can effectively pursue, Shyan holds open the bathhouse door and the gang slips inside. Within is a cloistered environment with low ceilings and but a hint of sunlight filtering through gauzy curtains. The glowing sphere turns a corkscrew around Abia’s shoulders and flutters past, ruffling the curtains and letting more light in.
A half-dozen bathtubs ring the mirror-lined walls, arced in a circle, pointing at a barber’s chair in the room’s centre. Fassn is uncomfortably reminded of his dental surgery and feels a phantom pain shoot through his jaw.
A stringy man with a wiry moustache appears a back room, polishing a set of hair shears absent-mindedly. When he spots the gang, he stops short, his eyes wide with fright for just a moment before a cunning shrewdness takes over.