He woke up with a start. Roscoe looked all around, not really knowing what was happening. The last thing he remembered was being in Worram’s warehouse and he had just been saved by Conroe. Now, he was laying in his bed. Was it all just a dream? He looked down at his abdomen and saw two new scars where he had been stabbed. No, it wasn’t a dream. So, what happened?
“You passed out,” said a voice from the doorway to his chambers.
His cousin had just walked in carrying a tray with a pitcher of water and a loaf of bread. Conroe set it down on Roscoe’s bed and took a step back.
“Sorry,” Conroe said with a shrug. “You appeared to be confused, so I answered the question that was probably rattling around in your head.”
“I saw you get stabbed,” was the only thing that came to Roscoe’s mind to say.
“I did, and it hurt too. If I had been wearing normal clothes, it probably would have been fatal, but my armor deflected the blade enough that it didn’t hit any vital organs.”
“How did you recover so quickly?”
“I used the same wand of healing that I used on you after you saved Worram. Do you not remember that?”
“I do not recall…” Roscoe’s mind wandered for a few moments before he finally asked, “Wait, how did you know where I was, or that I was in trouble?”
“We were following you. Revis has taken notice of how hard you’ve been training and wanted to know if you were ready to move up in rank so he came up with this test to see how well you’d do in a real life situation.”
Roscoe gestured to his wounds, “Obviously not very well.”
“I beg to differ,” said a new voice.
Both men looked to see Revis standing in the doorway. “You performed the task you were given, although I specifically said to not engage with Merlinus.”
“I know, sir,” Roscoe interrupted, “but if I didn’t, Worram would have been killed.”
“I know. He told me. He also told me that you were ready to sacrifice your life to save his. This was corroborated by Conroe and the other Knights present. As far as I’m concerned the safety of the Kingdom’s citizens is the most important part of a Knight’s job. For you to risk giving up your life to ensure the safety of one of our citizens means that you you passed this test with flying colors.”
“But Merlinus got away…”
Revis glanced down at his weapon. “No, he didn’t.”
Roscoe couldn’t get his mind to wrap around it all. “So, what happens now?”
“Once you’re ready, you’ll rejoin the Knights. When you do, it will be as the 10th Knight.”
“The 10th Knight?”
“The current 10th Knight will be retiring soon, and you’re better suited for the position than the 11th Knight.”
Roscoe’s mind swirled for a moment before it was filled with resolve. “If it’s all the same to you, sir, I think I’d rather stay where I’m at.”
“Are you sure?” Conroe asked. “This is a great opportunity.”
“I’m sure,” Roscoe replied. “If there’s one thing this experience has taught me, it’s that I still have a lot to learn. I won’t be able to do that with the responsibilities of the 10th Knight.”
“If that’s what you want,” Revis said,”then that’s what you’ll get.”
“It is. Besides, I’ve gotten used to being the 12th Knight, and I’m not ready to give that up just yet.”