The BetterMan Knights decided to just go ahead and spend the night at Nikki's and head out at first light to scour the hamlet of Holster.
If a house to house search didn't turn up anything they planned to fan out into the countryside.
Nikki was very happy to accommodate the Knights and made rooms available and company for the night if any of them wished, free of charge.
Sir JonPop decided to Ride back to the castle and confer with King Arthur to see if they could devise a plan. The Knights had sat in Nikki's bar for hours, talking and drinking and could not come up with a better strategy than a house to house search in the morning.
When Sir JonPop arrived at the castle and requested to speak with the King, he was told that King Arthur had taken a company of soldiers and gone to the hamlet of Holster, to Nikki's to meet with the BetterMan Knights.
Sir JonPop, remounted and at a full gallop, headed back to Nikki's, wondering why he hadn't passed them on the road.