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23. Figuring It Out

They assigned two women to Athia’s protection, Tricorn trainees local to Galister. Nineteen and twenty, a little younger than Athia, and plenty happy to be closer to the hero. Clare, the younger one, used a bow and short sword, imitating the style of Serra the Savior....

22. A Tease

A member of Gar’s bodyguards asked, “uh, ma’am, people is wondering. Who’s the Mayor?”   She squinted, face scrunching, “the mayor.”   Gar approached her while the people dispersed back to their homes. He took a long breath as he got to her.   “My...

21. Patience and Reprisals

Jon met her outside the hall as people filed in, one after another. He waved, bouncing on his toes, like a young suitor hoping for a glance from a higher ranking other. Athia snickered to herself, always fond of attention, though not necessarily the person giving it....

20. The Who and the Where

A member of the militia joined with Athia as she walked out towards the Socratian camp. An hour remained before the town meeting, and she planned on using it. The militiaman, Jon, tapped a spear on his shoulder while they walked. He volunteered, young and excited to...

19. Be Brief

Lieutenant Gar oversaw his small Tricorn company as they tended to their weapons and a large pile of cudgels. They chatted among themselves, quiet but with humor. Above them a stained-glass mural depicted the heroics of the town’s namesake, Galister. Blood flowed...