Eivor encountered a child up in a tree, who requested her aid.
Eivor heard a little girl yell from an observation platform atop a tree.
- Anglo-Saxon Child: When I get hold of you, I'm gonna punch you right in the beak!
Eivor climbed up.
- Eivor: What happened, little one?
- Anglo-Saxon Child: Mummy's ring! I just took it out to look at it and a mean bird snatched them off me!
- Eivor: What were you doing with your mother's ring?
- Anglo-Saxon Child: Someone borrowed it, and she asked me to get it back. But now, it's up in that tree, and I can't climb that!
Eivor looked at the next tree over.
- Eivor: There is the bird's nest.
She shot an oil jar, the explosion of which dislodged the nest.
- Eivor: Something fell from the nest.
Eivor climbed down the tree and searched for the fallen object. A woman approached her.
- Anglo-Saxon Woman: Here, you! Take your hands off my property! That ring is mine. Give it back, I say!
- Eivor: Are you the girl's mother?
- Anglo-Saxon Woman: Stepmother! My husband gave me that ring. My stepdaughter stole it from me! She's been a plague to me ever since I married her father! When all I've tried to show her is kindness!
- Eivor: She says you borrowed it from her mother.
- Anglo-Saxon Woman: Her mother is dead!
The woman paused for a moment.
- Anglo-Saxon Woman: O! Perhaps it did belong to her once. I didn't know.
- Eivor: Your new husband gave you his dead wife's ring?
- Anglo-Saxon Woman: We do not have much. I will not spurn a gift from a good heart. He is a fine man, and I love him dear. But his daughter will never love me. Not while she still pretends her mother is alive.
- Eivor: Let the girl have the ring. It is all she has of her mother. Do this, and new bonds may grow between you in time.
- Anglo-Saxon Woman: You are wise, stranger. It is hard to give it up, but ... it belongs to her more rightfully than I. Take it to her, please.
Eivor returned to the observation platform and approached the girl.
- Eivor: I have your mother's ring. Be careful in the future. We should hold tight to what is precious.
- Anglo-Saxon Child: I saw you talking to my stepmother down there! Did she try to take it off you? What a warty old dragon!
- Eivor: She agreed that you should have it. Be kind to her, little girl. She is trying her best for you.
- Anglo-Saxon Child: I suppose. I'll speak to Mother about it.
- Eivor: Farewell, then.
Eivor found a note from the father about the ladder.
I am sorry I had to break the ladder. My daughter kept going up there to see the raven's nest. But there are oil jars right beside it. Those things are dangerous. I removed the ladder, but she put it back up again. So I had to break it.
Eivor retrieved the ring for the girl and helped her stepmother bond with her.