Yay, me! Wordcount: 5339!
Chapter Three ("The Merchants") may have another POV shift. I haven't decided. Do we see through the eyes of Cocke, the merchant, or the merchant's wife? We'll see, though at this point in time, my money's on the merchant. I believe that there may be one or two sentences of what could be considered by some to be backstory in this chapter, but I don't know yet. If there is, it's the last of the backstory and the book can just move forward forward forward on its own momentum.