Tuesday, May 20, 1650
The boat docks, and soon after the passengers disembark. Telo directly moves towards the bakery in question; he has little difficulty in finding it, as it is right near the dock. He discovers that it is a little bistro, also, and that there is room to sit outside. A glass of wine is a mere 6 s.p. He waits an hour, and sure enough, a man appears, seems to recognize Telo, and proceeds to pay him 20 g.p. in a small pouch.
During this hour, Pyxaanthal discreetly follows the two merchants, Hafsah and Lateef. They leave the boat as though they have a purpose, moving at once away from the harbor and between two storefronts facing the water. The lane is only six feet wide, and virtually perpendicular ... well, a good forty-five degree climb, at any rate. At many points, the lane ascends by means of steps. There is plenty of evidence to show that the lane would become a channel for water should it rain, and that the doorsteps are all placed a good six inches above the pavement.
The lane climbs three hundred feet, which tires out Pyxaanthal somewhat, and the merchants a great deal. From time to time they must rest, making it difficult for Py to 'disappear' ... but the merchants make no sign that they recognize him (though they've lived on shipboard together for six days). Pyxaanthal has taken steps to conceal his appearance, spoken of ahead of time, and I am presuming he is making use of those steps now.
In all, Corfu has proven upon close examination to be a large city, easily more than 10,000 persons, perhaps double that; the balance of the population is distributed over the backside of the mountain overlooking the city - once Pyxaanthal reaches the top of the lane, where he can look down onto the other side of the small island, he sees hundreds of fishing boats, most distributed out upon the sea, where the populace is hard at work.
The merchants descend for not very long, and come to a house; they knock on the door, and wait. And wait. They knock again. At last the door is opened, and the resident within greets the merchants which hearty hellos and a great deal of pleasure. Apparently, the resident's name is Gyasi, and he seems to be likewise Egyptian. The house is quite valuable; it is built in three layers into the side of the hill, having two balconies which give excellent views of the sea.
At this point, I ask Pyxaanthal to tell me how he will inform Telo of his location.