From Protector of the Grey House:
Joseph interrupted his thoughts, whispering that the humans were finally starting to leave. “Our people are ready. But there’s something out of place.”
“Isn’t there always?”
“It appears this is an initiation. The Mayor, and two of his aids, will be staying to the end.”
“He and his people left an hour ago.”
“Three are coming back.”
“This changes nothing. It will only show Gary the power I possess. Tell everyone to get ready. The girls will be our sign.”
Joseph gave him a slight bow and left to attend to the business at hand.