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Lief opened his mouth to argue, yet his father held up his hand, shaking his head. “When the gemstones are all in position the Belt will lead you to the inheritor, my son,” he acknowledged firmly. “You needs to wait till then. ” He part smiled as Lief sighed with frustration. Then he bent down and drew anything from less than his chair. “Perhaps this may cheer you,” he acknowledged. “It is my birthday reward to you. ” Lief stared on the slim, shining sword in his father’s hand. by no means had he anticipated to possess this type of blade. “I made it on our personal forge,” his father acknowledged, giving the sword to him. “It is the best paintings i've got ever performed. take care of it good, and it'll deal with you. ” As Lief nodded, spluttering his thank you, he be got here conscious that his mom, too, used to be maintaining out a present. It was once a finely woven cloak — smooth, gentle, and hot. Its colour looked as if it would switch because it moved in order that it used to be tough to inform if it was once brown, eco-friendly, or gray. someplace among all 3, Lief determined eventually. Like river-water in autumn. “This, too, will deal with you, at any place you'll go,” his mom whispered, urgent the cloak into his palms and kissing him. “The textile is — specific. I used each paintings I knew in its making, and wove a lot love and lots of stories into it, in addition to energy and heat. ” Her husband stood up and placed his arm round her. She leaned opposed to him lovingly, yet tears shone in her eyes. Lief checked out them either. “You by no means doubted that i'd conform to pass in this quest,” he stated quietly. “We knew you too good to doubt it,” his mom spoke back, attempting to smile. “I was once certain, in addition, that you'd are looking to commence immediately. nutrients and water for the 1st few days of your trip are already packed and ready. you could depart in the hour, if you want. ” “Tonight? ” gasped Lief. His belly became over. He had now not inspiration it'd be so quickly. And but presently he discovered that his mom used to be correct. Now that the choice have been made, he sought after not anything greater than to start. “There is something more,” his father stated, limping to the door. “You usually are not by myself in your quest. you could have a spouse. ” Lief’s jaw dropped. have been the surprises of tonight by no means to finish? “Who —? ” he all started. “A buddy. the single guy we all know we will be able to trust,” his father responded gruffly. He swung the door open. And, to Lief’s horror, into the room shuffled Barda, the beggar. So, Lief,” Barda mumbled. “Are you no longer happy with your spouse? ” Lief may perhaps basically stand gaping at him. “Do no longer tease him, Barda. ” Smiling, Lief’s mom moved to her son’s part and lightly touched his shoulder. “How may well Lief be aware of you're except you look like? clarify your self! ” Barda pulled off the ragged cloak he wore, letting it fall to the ground at his toes. beneath the cloak his clothing have been tough, yet fresh. He straightened his shoulders, driven again his snarled hair from his face, tightened his jaw, and lifted his head. unexpectedly he appeared totally different — tall, powerful, and lots of years more youthful. “I additionally lived within the palace, whilst your father and King Endon have been younger, Lief,” he acknowledged, in really a special voice.

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