It wasn’t long after we came to stay with the callificar, that he put a sword and shield in my hand.
I blinked at him. My magic had manifested very early, though I kept it hidden.
“You need to learn to protect your mother. In case something happens to me and I’m not here to do it.”
I stared at the strange weapons, then at the man who had once jailed mages.
He knew, and he was offering me a path. One few mages would ever get.
I took it.