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“The battle begins,” Velius declared.
“It begins,” Diaphanous echoed. “May the King protect you and your men.”
“You know they will come for the Stone.”
“You’ll be alone.”
“Alone, and yet not alone. I’m never truly alone just as you and Max and all servants of the King are never truly alone.”
“There will be many.
“There will be many,” Diaphanous echoed again.
“I hope that today will not be the day you return to that paradise for which we all long.”
“If today is the day, if this is my last battle, then I shall be at rest at last and joyful to be in my King’s presence more fully than I have ever been. But,” he said as the old warrior stirred within, “whether I live or die may the King be glorified. Do not worry my friend. I’ve been in the King’s service for many years and have been in many battles at overwhelming odds.”
“Long life.” Velius said as Max walked out the door.
Then he turned and walked out closing and locking the door behind him.
“I’ve had one,” Diaphanous’ soft response whispered through the crack as the door closed.
“That is a man I would never want to meet in battle,” Max said almost to himself.
“Nor I,” Velius agreed.