Audrey was about to voice the opinion that it was probably about time to head back for the festival anyway, but Isaac Moore turned up quite suddenly. She supposed she shouldn't be surprised to find him out here. Actually, if anything she
was the one who was out of place. At least, until Isaias revealed himself. He looked incongruous basically anywhere that his older brother wasn't, and in fact his presence prompted Audrey to glance around, half expecting Weasel to emerge from the underbrush. But Mr. Moore explained that he had gotten separated.
Good, Isaias was a little shit, but without Weasel around he knew better than to cause trouble in front of Audrey, let alone a responsible adult. Audrey liked Mr. Moore, he minded his business and didn't push a lot of crap on the younger generation. Hell, even Hick had his expectations that she found herself having to live up to.
They walked back as a group, Audrey briefly thinking about her father's car parked nearby, but deciding she could go back for it later. Nowhere in town was that long of a walk, anyway. "I actually like the old rituals and stories, did you know there's almost nothing written down about them in the library? It's all oral history."
As they walked, she chattered with Isaac and his daughter(sparing little attention to the ferret they had hanging on).
Somehow in the throng that they arrived to, Audrey ended up stuck with Isaias. She wasn't sure if he was following her, or was simply bring pushed by the crowds in the same direction, but either way, she pricked her ears up for the sound of kids being aasholes, and sure enough, she spotted the rest of the Bilica children gathered around the apple bobbing trough.
Audrey marched up, matter-of-factly, and grabbed the back of Odaya's sweater, pulling her out of the water and firmly onto the ground. "Trade ya,"
she said, shoving Isaias forward toward his brothers once Odaya was safely on her feet.