After meeting back up with Boot and Mew Mew at noon, all of you head back into Lower Ring to find something to eat. Where do you normally scrounge for food? Do you have an alleyway hook-up outside a restaurant, do you do the five-finger discount at the market, get food from a shelter or, gulp, do you have some menial job a few of you do for a couple tael?
Nevertheless, you get some food. By the time you're done, its early afternoon. Most of the Freedom Day celebration is taking place on the Middle Ring, so things are still a little quiet down here. Most of the interesting folk of Clay Street are the performers and they're all working. With nothing much else to do, Canlid says, "Let's go up to Middle and watch the pigdog races, they're really funny!"
Dash shrugs and nobody else objects right away, so you head up Clay Street towards Middle Ring. The crowds are a little crazy, so Canlid heads up to a roof and everyone else follows. Houses in Middle Ring are bigger and usually a bit farther apart, so it's not as easy to move about quickly. Plus, there are folks who live in the houses who are actually sitting on their roofs to watch the celebration. And its a sight. Wall to wall people, no elbow room, makes you thankful for the airy perch. At one point you are hunched up on a corner of a roof watching some fireworks that remind you of ones back home and Dash comes up and hands you a caramel stick he "found". Its too loud to talk, so you either sit quietly or shout-talk.
That's when you see Hua Tsin, Ning and Haidong. They are sitting up on a little dais watching the proceedings, like they're holding a mini court. This is one of the things nobles do, sit higher and look important. Of course, you're higher.
What do you do?