A Storm of Swords-Chapter 13
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|Inn of the Kneeling Man
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Arya is gathering vegetables when she hears voices. She warns Gendry and Hot Pie. They try to hide but one of their horses gives them away. They are discovered by three men: Tom of Sevenstreams, Lem and Anguy. The men say they are Kingsmen and ask them to come with them to a nearby inn. Arya hesitates but after Anguy shows how skilled he is with the bow she realizes that they stand no chance and she agrees.
At the inn Gendry remains in the stable to watch their horses although Tom assures them that they are safe. Arya and Hot Pie enter the inn with the three men. The atmosphere is friendly. The men talk with the innkeeper and his wife about the food and the last visitors of the inn. The innkeeper sold them horses and gave them directions. Tom and his friends were waiting for them to get the horses back but they did not see them.
Tom gives Arya a paper acknowledging a future payment of three dragons after the war for their horses. Arya protests and wonders how they will be able to reach Riverrun. Suddenly Gendry runs in to warn them that there are strangers outside.
The people in the inn are not worried but Arya is afraid that it will be Ser Gregor Clegane's men. She slams a tankard in Lem's face and tries to escape but to no avail. The men outside come in and among them, Arya recognizes Harwin. He recognizes her and proclaims her real name to the surprise of all.