In the city, few houses now held any of their former inhabitants. Some of the poorest folk still lurked in the shadows, prowling from house to house at night in hope of finding something to eat or drink. As they found less and less for forage, they began to slip away, some to the Northgate and some to the South. Many of them escaped the guards, but many were taken. The captives were led to the temple, and herded into empty storerooms; those who had children with them fought desperately when the guards came to take the little ones away, by twos and threes until none were left. They never saw the children again. And after a time the guards began to come for them, too.

sue bridgwater