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Jon came by the next morning to escort me to the army camp. There were several men with him on horseback. I assumed they were like me, called to perform their Iberan duty.

The camp was about a three hour ride from my farmstead, which gave me plenty of time to talk to Jon.

"So, what do you know about this army camp?" I asked.

"The army is setting up a more permanent base close to the river," Jon replied, rattling off a piece of information that I was surprised to get. I had thought the activities of the Iberan army would be a little more secretive, especially this close to the border. I smiled, realizing there were probably other secrets that I would never know about.

"The previous base of operations was a little too far south, giving the soldiers from Handrin a little too easy of a time," Jon continued.

"Which would not only make it easier to defend the river," I said, offering my unsolicited opinion, "but also fairly easy to cross the river."

"I have not heard of any offensive strategy, but you are correct." Jon winked, which told me all I needed to know. And, I was glad. It was time that King George learn which side of the river was his.

"I'm getting the feeling that you have a decent grasp of what's going on with Handrin," Jon observed.

I shook my head. "All I know is what affects me and my family, my farm. We've been dealing with the border for as long as I can remember, for as long as my family can remember. I've heard stories that go back several generations, but what that means for the rest of Ibera or even Handrin, I wouldn't have a clue."

Jon didn't say anything in reply, though I was fairly certain he was listening intently. There was something else there, but it wasn't my place to pry. I would be happy to preform my service to Ibera and get home before Helena and the children really began to miss me. I didn't want to get entangled with anything else.

When we got to the camp, Jon introduced us to Lieutenant Macabee who wasted no time, completely skipping pleasantries.

"All of you have been picked for this assignment because you live along the border," he said. "Getting this base up and running will benefit your families first before anyone else in Ibera. Work hard and you should be home in a few weeks."

The End

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