Ree was silent for a moment. Finally, she said, "They'd have hanged me without Alminor's intervention. I gave him my word that I would help him. It's not that I won't break my word, it's that I won't do it without a d**n good reason. But I'll not do anything that will bring great harm. That is all I can do. Now, if what you say is true, then I'll end up helping you in the end. If it's not, then one of us is quite likely to kill the other. Please understand. I have heard people make similar arguments, and in the end, they were only trying to gain an advantage. I've had... what you might call run-ins with nobles, and I can't help but think everything might be a trick. Particularly when there's a lot at stake."
You are very wise, child.
Silently, she replied, You know by now that I mean what I say. Right now, I'm helping you. But if I find out that what he says is true, you will find that I'm your worst enemy. There is no way that I'll allow someone with a similar mindset to my father get in a position of power. But I make those decisions alone.
... I see.