Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Scout's Oath - Chapter 43
You'd think it would be easy for a man to retreat to his chambers to spend time with his wife. This should be especially true when the man is going away the next morning. I had a palace full of people show me how wrong I was.
The first knock came seconds after I'd pulled Callan into an embrace. Callan began to pull away but I tightened my grip on her.
"Ignore it, dear," I said. "After a while, they'll get the idea and go away!"
They not only didn't go away, they called through the door, "Callie? David? Please let us in!"
Callan's parents. I knew they wanted grandchildren. You'd think they would give us a chance -- perhaps our last chance -- to try to give them one. When Callan pulled away this time, I released her.
Her parents offered consolation. They offered to go to war with the city-states. They did not offer to leave us alone. By the time they finally left, others had come by to do the same.
Don't get me wrong, I wanted to say goodbye to Tristan and Nist. I wanted to tousle Milo's hair and to make sure he and Kim were settling into palace life. I wanted to ask Martin about Beloren's tunnel rats. But I had intended to do all that in the morning. I could have happily done without seeing the rest of the palace population.
It took hours to clear our chambers. And then I had Callan all to myself.
The next morning, we went to the palace docks. I kissed Callan one last time, saying, "I will be back, Callan."
"You'd better be," she whispered fiercely.
I boarded the Beloren airship and left behind all I knew and loved in this world.
What awaits David in Beloren? How will Callan react to the loss of David? Find out more in Chapter 44, coming Friday!