“Oh, hallo,” she managed to say. “I thought father was alone. I didn’t think I left him long by himself.”
“I’m fine, Sarah. Archibal was kind enough to make some tea.”
“Yes, well, I’ll be next door if you need me,” Sarah knew that when her father had company it was best to give them privacy. Her father had been a General during the one-hundred-year war and had at one-time secret meetings with other high superior officers. Though, her father was no longer in the army and the war had ended years ago, she fell into habit and left the room.
“I don’t want to extend my stay,” said Archibal. “I best be going… Before I leave I was hoping you can guard something for me until I can fetch it later.”
“Of course, anything, Arhcibal.”
Archibal took out a lantern and handed it to Markus.
“Keep it close,” Arhcibal mentioned. “It’s very sacred. Take care of it.”
“I will guard it with my life,” said Markus as he held the lantern. Before Archibal left he lit the lantern and then he was gone.
When the lantern began to glow, Markus experienced a sort of miracle. He could see the light illuminating the room and for the first time, he regained his sight. He was hoping to get a view of Archibal, but instead saw a gust of wind, blow into the room, as the door opened and closed.
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