An unexpected figure appeared.

There was a moment, where William stared at him, mouth dry.

" ... I'll be accompanying you to the outpost," General Masterson said.

" Yes. Of course," William replied. " What for?"

General Masterson gave him a withering look.

" Official business," he said.

... He was still that towering mountain, as cold as he had ever been.

He was the one who brought ice into William's memory.