Tried and True, Chapter 299: More than a Match

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Chapter 299: More than a Match

Taweel ached for Tamaes. Even Milo’s good news had barely registered. Tamaes stood mute and marred in the farmhouse kitchen, so Taweel acted. Herding his apprentice into a corner, he sternly said, “You are ready for this.”

“I disagree.”

“You bring great skill and experience to this Hedge.”

Your skill. Your experience,” Tamaes shook his head. “I am merely an apprentice.”

“Only in name.” Taweel gave him a small shake. “You outgrew your need of me long ago.”

“No!” In a feat of strength that proved Taweel’s point, Tamaes reversed their positions, pinning his mentor against the wall. “Stay mine.”

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4 thoughts on “Tried and True, Chapter 299: More than a Match

  1. Arian says:

    Which of course Taweel did. The mentor of a Guardian who has been given a charge has a role of his own – “Your call is my call.” Taweel’s not going away anywhere.

    He just wants Tamaes to realise that the ‘apprentice’ has now reached the point when he’s quite as strong (in several senses) as the mentor. So now they can support each other in their joint calling, rather than Taweel always being the stronger one.

    Rather like Yannis and Garrick. It doesn’t look as if Garrick is any less skilful at this stage of their partnership than Yannis is, even though he is still called Yannis’s apprentice.

    Or perhaps it’s like the relationship between a grown-up son and his father. Of course the father will always be the father of his son; that doesn’t change. But the responsibilities and roles alter.

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