I looked at him incredulously.

"Did you just...thank me?"

"Something like that."

I stood in momentary shock.


"Anyways," Lucifer said quickly, "I have an appointment."

He got up and left the tent in one motion.

"Take care, Commander."

I stared after him, sitting back on the bed.

That was weird.

The tent flap swished again and I saw Athena walk in, her jaw taut.

"My congratulations on your recovery, Commander."

"What happened?" I asked, "I haven't been keeping up, I'm afraid."

She averted her grey eyes.

"We've lost the castle."

I stiffened in my seat.


"Overnight. Purgatory got behind our lines somehow and decimated our forces."

"How many?"

"A few hundred. The human cost wasn't the worst part."

"Tell me."

"They burned all of the supplies."


"So we've lost..."

"A good quarter of our stockpiles."

I balled my hands into fists. 

"What idiot thought it would be a good idea to form a base in a compromised location?"

Athena shifted from one foot to another.

"If I remember was..."


I was on my feet before she could protest.

"Commander, it's not his fault."

I glared at her.

"Not directly, at least." she stammered.

"Call a council meeting." I ordered, "And make sure Eversio's there."

The End

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