Chapter 144: Guard and Protect
After evensong, Conrad approached Tycho. “There’s an informal tradition among Guardians …?”
“Go on,” invited the lean archer.
“When a child marks three years, three voices rise in song—Guardian, mentor, and captain.”
Ethan stepped forward. “Zeke’s birthday is tomorrow, so … tonight?”
Within the hour, they gathered inside the farmhouse, and Tycho considered the youngster in the bottom bunk. “I protect people in a general sense. Your task is more personal.”
Fingertips brushing Zeke’s mop, Ethan looked to his captain. “Tonight, we will share.”
Conrad smirked. “Stand guard with us, Protector. Sing for joy over one small boy.”
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