Jada and Jusadva need time to receive Hunter’s counter-offer, not to mention time to consider it. Hunter, on the other hand, needs time to ask himself, will he really settle for a million crowns and a few more names? Is he willing to let Jada Nilthrex live? It’s a new possibility, and Hunter’s still flush with victory over the Cur. So he goes looking for the Ribbon, hoping he can get her quickly and get back. “A bird in the hand…” never really caught on in the Known World.