- 191 -I can offer you the chance to exact your vengeance. Will you help me? Will you be my second?”
Morris looked away. “I’m not t to do anything right now. I’m so weak Icouldn’t ght a newborn kitten!”
Alec suppressed a laugh. “Oh, I know that. You need time to recover. Time, in a siege like this, is one thing we have in abundance. Take sometime, rest. Eat heartily and regain your strength. Thanks to you and the
sacrice of your men, we now have enough food on hand for a while, at
least. So what say you?”Morris picked up a chicken leg as thoughts swirled through his head.
So many dead! So many… What would my father have me do…? What would
have me do?
A voice answered him, echoing in his mind.
I’d kick your ever loving arse, boy! Those men gave their lives for you! Don’t dishonor them by taking the coward’s way out!
Morris heard the voice of his father, and as Sir Alec stood staring athim, he realized that the voice was right. “I would be honored, sir, to aid you in anyway I can.”Penteth looked from one knight to the other. “Good, good. Now, I mustinsist, Alec. He needs to rest and recover!”Alec smiled at them both. “I know. I know. But I think he’s just taken
the rst step down that road to recovery.” With that, he turned and strode
off, and the more Morris thought about it, the more he realized the olderknight was correct.* * *Alec Neuvall trudged up into Orc Spire Tower. His legs felt like lead,and each step he took only served to exhaust him further. He heard LordAahron coming up behind him, pulling himself along even more than he was. The two days since the arrival of the riders from Vale Keep had beeneven more tiring than the rest of the days since the siege started. Aleccontinued to thank the twelve gods that he had been up in the tower andable to witness the charge. As a result, he had been able to scrape togetherthirty men to ride out and meet the young knight’s charge halfway. Had itnot been for that,
of the men from the Vale would have survived.As it was, Alec had arrived just in time to save Morris from an orc warrior’s axe. His lance had taken the huge orc in the chest right beforethe greenback’s axe would have taken off the other man’s head. Thinking
back to the ght now, he wasn’t sure how he’d managed to pull it off. He’d
had to dismount, pull a wounded man in full armor up onto his horse, allthe while dodging an orc army... He said another quiet prayer to Voluge,thanking the god for his protection.Ascending the top step, he grabbed the wooden bar that latched thedoor and pulled it up and off as Aahron came up to the step behind him, yawning. With a wave of his hand, Alec motioned him to proceed.“I still say that Morris’s charge proves that we should send out a sortie,Alec! Look at how much his charge accomplished!”