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“You have not answered my question, Ruul. Why is the boy with us?”
Ekis glanced back at the teenager in question, finding him still strapped into his seat. It seemed he had finally drifted off, eyes closed, head nestled against the underpadded headcushion, and scarf folded neatly in his lap.
Still, Ekis turned back to the pilot and batted her hand. “Keep quiet, Vennik! How will Rymir and the Lantern get any rest with your mouth open?!” she hissed, nudging her head towards the boy.
Vennik grimaced from Ekis’s scolding without turning his head. “If the whelp is going to do nothing but sleep this entire time, I see no reason to be so kind!” he snapped back in a stage whisper. “And for the the third time, WHY is he here?”
“Because he is a warrior, Vennik.”
“He is a trainee, actually,” the disgruntled veteran snorted. “A limp, weak rookie.”
“He performs better th