A quest of Heroes - S01 E59

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Read Story: SEASON 1 EPISODE 59

They reached the gate of the first crossing, and as they did, several members of the Silver came out to greet Erec. They rode up to him, big grins on their faces, and as he dismounted they clapped him hard on the back, as old friends.

Thor jumped down, took Lannin’s reins, and led him to the keeper at the gate, to feed and rub him down. Thor stood there as Erec turned and looked at him, one last time.

In their final goodbye, there was too much Thor wanted to say. He wanted to thank him. But he also wanted to tell him everything. Of the omen. Of his dream. Of his fears for the King. He thought maybe Erec would understand.

But he could not bring himself to. Erec was already surrounded by knights, and Thor feared that Erec—and all of them—would think him crazy. So he stood there, tongue-tied, as Erec reached over and clasped his shoulder one last time.

“Protect our King,” Erec said firmly.

The words sent a chill up Thor’s spine, as if Erec had read his mind.

Erec turned, walked through the gate with the other knights, and as they passed through, their backs to him, the metal spikes slowly lowered behind him.

Erec was gone now. Thor felt a pit in his stomach. It could be an entire year until he saw him again.

Thor mounted his horse, grasped the reins, and kicked hard. Afternoon was here and he had a good half day’s ride to make it back for the feast.

He felt Erec’s final words reverberating in his head, like a mantra.

Protect our King.

Protect our King.

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