I'd like to ask what the phrase "distracted voice" implies.
"Are we stopping now?" Jopale asked.
Brace nodded. With a distracted voice, he said, "There's an emergency locker up ahead. Always stocked with knuckle-roots and barrels of sap. Or at least it's supposed to be stocked.
His voice fell away.
Does distracted imply that a person is upset, or does it imply that he's thinking about something else while talking?