Kale and Katarina were gradually making their way back to the path when they heard the shouting. They hurried to the path and emerged from the forest to see the cart, the dwarf, and the man. Katarina was wearing her dress again and her sword was sheathed on her back. Kale's sword was at his side and his hand was on the hilt.
For a moment, they stared at the dwarf. Then, Kale stirred.
"What is a dwarf doing in a forest?" he asked quietly. "Don't they like to avoid confrontations with elves?"
"Kale," Katarina said quietly, almost warning him against certain things he might say. He nodded wordlessly and continued to wait for the dwarf's answer.