The neighbours were well aware that something was wrong, the local garrason was walking the beat more oftern and they seemed to keep and eye on Tynes's home. She had had a few customers visit her during the afternoon some leaving with bundles of new clothing others waving with a smile. The neighbours were looking after each other and they had all commented that it was a shame that Nialanna was not going to be coming over that evening to visit her mother.
Night fell and the street started to go quiet, people had finished eating meals and were just tidying up before relaxing. The neighbours heard a knock and a mans voice as Tynes opened the door, peeking out of the door the woman looked out and saw just in time to see a siholuetted man walk into Tynes's house. The voices sounded a little harsh as she went back indoors, speaking to her husband.
"You know I think Tynes has male company, that will be nice for her being a widow for so long is not right. She needs a man in her life to help out with Nialanna when she gets home."
The man grunts as he settles down into a chair, time passed and a loud noise followed by a quickly stiffled scream came from next door. The man looked up.
"You said a man has come to visit her?"
His eyes were wide as the woman nooded. He moved fast to the door, not bothering with his shoes and left the house promptly. Finding the patrol some distance away he leads them back in a panic, his wife standing at the door. As they get there a man staggers out of the door and looks up, as he sees the patrol he starts to run. One called.
"Lortal, stop or we will shoot you!"
Lortal carried on running but it was no use in no time at all his feet were stuck fast to the ground. Two of the patrol approached with a lantern, revealing blood stained trousers and blood stained hands. He was shaking from head to foot with his trouses held in one hand. Quickly binding his hands together and putting his trouses safely on they arrest him.
A womans scream draws their attention back to the house. The wife comes out ashen face, even in the dark her face seemed pale. The husband and three more patrol guards walk in to find Tynes lying on the floor with her skirt up and blood all around her. The face was blue and distorted in a horrified expression. A bruise was already forming on her neck and wrists. Table and chairs were moved and there was sign of a struggle in the room. A single tear rested on her cheek.
One of the three guards ran to get a healer but it was too late, Tynes was already dead, strangled to death. A second guard went outside and looked at the wife. "Go to the Millima estate and collect Nialanna and Elidren." He turns to the two guards holding Lortal, and walks over to him. "And you sir are under arrest for rape and murder, take him to the jail and make sure that he is kept there." He turns back to look at Tynes, he sighed and knelt down beside her feeling her quickly chilling face, gently he closed her eyes and laid her in a position that made her seem more at rest. After a short incantation he lifts her and moves her over to the bed placing her down gently. Turning to the husband "I am expecting Nialanna and Elidren to be turning up soon. I think it may be a good idea to tidy the other room up and to make her looks as peaceful as possible. It is so sad to see a young girl made orphan in such a way." With this he waits, the healer comes and confirms what had killed her and that she was indeed dead.
"She has died of suffercation, strangled to death. She has also been raiped, do you have a suspect?"
The guard nods in a sad way. They leave the room, the healer going back to bed and the husband waiting for his wife to return as the guards stand and wait for the inevatable to happen.