He turned toward the basement stairs and we all followed.
Her alarm growing, she crossed her arms and climbed the stairs to the kitchen area.
"You did not get my letter?" he asked, and not waiting for a reply-- which he would not have received, for the princess was unable to speak-- he turned back, rapidly mounted the stairs again with the doctor who had entered the hall after him (they had met at the last post station), and again embraced his sister.
By the time she reached the top of the stairs, tiny flecks of light were dancing across her vision.