He moves to pick up his travel pack
She moves to block him
more by strategy than physically blocking him
He counters with a move she has never seen
He says, “I didn’t teach you everything I know.”
“Then teach me.”
“I love you.
I love you as a man loves a woman.
Now, show yourself to be more than a child.
“Why are you going there”
A man your age . . .might not . . .”
“I am retasked as a seeker
and seekers go to the Far Places.”
“But why did you volunteer””
“I knew I would go when I was
promoted from guardian class.
Yes, before we had even met.”