The next three days are spent walking beside the river. It is wide and slow-moving. At night you help set up camp and after a meal drift off to sleep listening to the roar of lions in the desert and dream about the ghosts of long dead soldiers.
One morning you wake up to find Nabium-malik talking to another man. The two men are laughing together. They are old friends from their days as soldiers and are discussing the battles that are taking place further along the river.
You are worried by the talk of people being killed, but Nabium-malik says that you are safe because he knows the region well.
It's too far to return to Sippar so do you stay with Nabium-malik or go back to Hit?