Her spirits did a roller coaster as she desperately watched his retreating back, and then comprehended his words.
When we'd finished, he remained with the women instead of retreating upstairs.
The French, retreating in 1812--though according to tactics they should have separated into detachments to defend themselves--congregated into a mass because the spirit of the army had so fallen that only the mass held the army together.
He stepped away from her, retreating to the bedroom area.
Taran turned on his heel, retreating into the squat building once more.