16. Rising at Dawn
Falion returned before an hour had past. Athene waited in the basement and let him see the trap door open, his apprentice gone. She listened to his frightened cry.
His face appeared in the bright square above her basement. He clearly didn’t expect her to be there, so he shouted and jumped back when he saw her pale face.
“Welcome home,” she said.
“What did you… what…”
He couldn’t say the words. Athene let him sputter a while, then said, “She’s down here with me, Falion. And before your heart gives out, you should know she’s all right.”
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