“Who are YOU? And WHAT are you doing here?” He bellows in a gruff voice.
“I.. um.. Well I was…” you splutter, unable to form a cohesive sentence.
“How did you get in here? Have you come to steal from us? We do not take lightly to thieves!”
“No, of course not, I…” you begin trying to assemble some sort of explanation, but being pressed so close to this man that you are almost inside his long braided beard, you notice a familiar bronze glimmer.
The same bead that you found on the mountainside lay within it, but only on one side.
Mustering any kind of courage you can, you speak, “I believe I found something that belongs to you."
Perplexed, the man draws back slightly, eyeing you even more suspiciously when you reach into your pocket, but his suspicion turns to amazement when he sees the bead.
“Where did you get this? I lost it in the mountains, I thought I had lost it forever!” he roared.
“It found it while walking, I’m glad I found its owner”, you reach out and offer him the bead.
He takes the bead from you and slides it back onto his beard, securing it with a complicated looking knot underneath.
“Wife made me this… she has a matching one in her beard bless her, she would kill me if I lost it!” he grumbles.
Unsure whether to laugh, you smile back confused.
“You need to leave here, this is no place for a human, but I will reward you for your find.”