Tried and True, Chapter 270: Same Old Story

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Chapter 270: Same Old Story

Bronze wingtips trailed, and hooves clattered against pavement. Taweel’s heart sank, but Tamaes brightened. “Nock! Why are you here?”

“More to the point, why are you still here?” The silver-haired Caretaker eyed Tamaes. “Are you Sent?”

“I am.”

“Then go.”

Tamaes waited for Taweel’s nod before rushing away, Omri darting after him.

Once he was out of earshot, Valerian stirred weakly. “He doesn’t know.”

“How could he? He rarely leaves the encampment.”

The Caretaker interrupted again. “Make it quick, Guardian. Before he dims out.”

Taweel gruffly asked, “What happened with Adin?”

“Same old story.” Valerian’s words slurred. “She died young.”

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9 thoughts on “Tried and True, Chapter 270: Same Old Story

  1. Arian says:

    I was regarding it as a sort of mirroring. Two Guardians, each with a young girl as his charge, and in each case she died still a child and without faith. And this is how Taweel reacted: he suffered greatly, but stayed Faithful. And for contrast, here’s what might have happened if he hadn’t.

    Odd things had been going on with Adin for a long time before that, admittedly. It’s not as if one single blow sent him off the edge. Still, I was viewing the Taweel/Adin contrast as deliberate.

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  2. Arian says:

    …It seems to me that Adin’s ‘fatal flaw’ was wanting to always be best or first. He wants to be equal to or better than Tamaes, to have new experience before or at least at the same time as Tamaes.

    He’s happy when that does happen, and doesn’t think about how Tamaes might feel about it, but he’s unhappy if Tamaes achieves anything before him, or does something he doesn’t. And *Tamaes* notices that, and tries to do things so Adin doesn’t feel so bad.

    Adin fights demons because Tamaes fought one before he first did, I reckon. He has trained so that now he’s better at fighting than almost everyone including Valerian *because* he has to be first.

    Does this trait feed into why he Fell, I wonder? Is the sense of failure, that everything he could do for his charge still wasn’t enough, too heavy a burden for him when he needs to be always be successful?

    Or was he angry with God? “I loved her and you let her die! All my efforts and devotion were for nothing, and it’s your fault!”

    Or maybe both?

    Just getting my conjectures in before we find out for sure! :D

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