With the last of their attackers either fleeing or dead on the ground, they are free to assess the damage. Padric walks slowly between them, unable to completely restrain his hope that someone had managed to find his shotgun. But of course, they didn’t. It was lost.
Padric thanks them all for their help, even if they failed to find his shotgun. Padric promises a reward of sorts regardless and the group returns safely to Rhamsted.