It seemed like that onslaught was endless, and Henry felt that he would fall out at any moment. No wonder even his master had been defeated.

In the aftermath of it, the mage stopped their carriage to heal their wounds.

" Where did you learn all that, Henry?" his master asked as she wound a bandage around his arm.

" ...Something strange has happened to me," he replied after a moment. " I'm still not certain what."

" Will you come back to the Order with me?" his master asked as the mage affixed the bandaging.

" I cannot," Henry said. " I am sorry. There are things I must do here."

...His horse idled in the grass nearby.

" I'll return next spring," his master said.

" I'll be waiting for you, Master Ornstein," Henry said. Return......Next