Nightfall smiled beamingly as Previn agreed to go shopping with her, and even seemed to be looking forward to the prospect. She couldn't resist throwing her arms about his neck and giving him a huge hug. Nightfall gave a knowing grin as Previn informed her that there would be no need for her to earn any money. In many regards Previn was very old-fashioned and did not hold with the idea of a woman working...especially a woman of stature as she had once been. Nightfall didn't argue with him. If there was a need to earn money later, then perhaps she would argue. But for now she simply wanted to enjoy acting as a normal couple out on the town with him.
The two of them made their way out of their room and down the stairs into the common area of the inn. Upon seeing the innkeeper, Previn guided her over to him and inquired about changing some of their copper into silver. Upon hearing the rate which the man quoted, Nightfall squeezed his arm in warning. Leave the exchange of money to the moneylenders indeed...what the man proposed was preposterous! The exchange rate for copper to silver had always been 5 to 1. And for silver to gold, it had always been 3 to 1. However, Previn seemed to ignore her unspoken warning. He carefully counted out 25 coppers and exchanged it for one silver. Nightfall was simply grateful that Previn had only asked for one silver. If the innkeeper gouged them so terribly upon the exchange, Nightfall shuddered to think what the moneylenders would charge.
Previn deposited the silver piece into the bag from which he'd taken the coppers, and after carefully closing and securing the top of the bag, they made their way out of the inn. Nightfall leaned close once they were outside, and whispered to Previn.
You know that you were just robbed, do you not my love? He charged five times the going exchange rate. Thank goodness that we won't have to do that more than once or twice, what with the strange powers of the bag which you said that Issilk gave to you to hold.
Nightfall and Previn moved away from the inn in a direction opposite that which Issilk and Elise had taken. They enjoyed the sights and sounds of a town after so long on the road with nothing but the sounds of mother nature to keep them company. They explored the town as many other young couples were doing, stopping now and then to look over the goods of some of the myriad street vendors which seemed so proliferous in this town. Occasionally they would pause as well to look in the window of a shop, to examine the goods which they would find for sale within. As they walked, they were oblivious to the eyes which watched them thoughtfully from within the shadows of the alleys.
After about an hour of walking, they came across a dressmaker's shop which boasted ready-made gowns. Smiling, Nightfall tugged Previn into the shop and asked the proprietor if she could see some of the gowns which were already made. Nightfall explained to the woman that it was not a gown for herself, but a gown for a very dear friend of hers, instead, and that it was to be a present. Nightfall was very slender, being a Sidhe, and Elise was much larger in stature, being a human woman. Nightfall carefully described Elise's figure to the woman, and soon the woman was presenting gown after gown for Nightfall's inspection. Nightfall could tell that the woman was becoming exasperated with her, as she refused gown after gown for one reason or another. Finally, the woman stopped and thought for a moment, before hastening to the back of her shop. She returned smiling and holding a lovely gown triumphantly. The gown had been made for a merchant's daughter, who was about Elise's size. The woman had refused the gown, saying that the color would not suit her, but as Nightfall examined the gown, she thought that the color would suit Elise amazingly well.
The gown was simple, yet elegant. It was a deep, forest green velvet overskirt which covered a pale green linen underslip. The overskirt was covered with delicate embroidery of a woodland scene. As Nightfall gazed upon the gown, she saw that it would suit Elise perfectly. She selected a pair of simple shoes to go with the gown, as well as some hosiery for Elise to wear with the gown. That done, all that remained was to haggle price with the woman who had almost given up on selling this musically-voiced lady a gown. Once more, the asking price was almost triple what such a gown would bring. Still, Nightfall persisted and eventually proved victorious, managing to obtain the gown for a far more reasonable price. She asked the woman to wrap her purchases, and turned to watch Previn smiling at her indulgently. When everything had been wrapped, he stepped forward to pay for the purchase.