It is quite a bit shorter then what I've been posting and I promise I'll get the next part of Gathering Clouds up next week! Also, If you would like to read chapter 1 right afterwards to get at least two parts in order, you can go here. The Silent Blade Chapter 1 . The first chapter starts four years after the Prologue.
Kevin glanced back at the city, hand on the hilt of his sword. The sun was just setting over Dublin, bathing the valley in a luminescent light and giving the small houses scattered about an enchanted look. Off in the distance, the Irish sea shone clear in the fading light.
The man standing next to him put a comforting hand on his shoulder, “You did the right thing, Kevin.”
Kevin sighed, “Right now it sure doesn’t feel like it. I just want to go back.”
“It’s hard, but remember; God will never leave you or forsake you. I’ll be with Merek and do my best to keep you informed. I’m sorry it has to be this way.”
Kevin nodded, “So am I. God go with you, my friend.”
“And with you.” The man turned, then was gone, leaving Kevin alone.
Kevin stayed there a moment longer, torn between his love for his family and his fear for their safety. God, please be with them. Protect them,and please don’t ever let Willem or Eira feel the hurt one man can bring to their lives. And Anna. Please, heal her hurt. She's been through more then anyone else.
There was a rustle in the bushes and he turned to see Aaron standing behind him.
“Did he leave?”
“Yes. Unless there’s a problem, it’s unlikely we’ll see him again for a very long while.”
“Kevin, I know this is hard, but we need to go. Now. The men are ready.”
“I know, I’m coming. I just had to take a moment and say goodbye,” there was a catch in his voice as he spoke.
“We’ll return, Kevin. The goodbye isn’t forever," Aaron said in an effort to encourage him.
There was silence as the two men stood a moment longer, then turned and left the city behind them as they strode deep into the trees.