A World of Reyth story
This novella is one of several short stories intended to introduce the world of Reyth.
A young woman, prisoner of war in a world of magic, reminisces about her Graduation Day in an attempt to impress her captors that she is strong. Her captors puzzle her by the fact that although they seem weak, they won the recent war against her people. Strangest of all, they insist on forgiving her for her part in recent events. She struggles to understand why her people’s strength was defeated by weakness.
The Guardians of Reyth, her enemies, allow love, friendship, and grief, to affect their lives. They commit to one partner, marry, and raise their own children. They will sacrifice themselves for strangers. Strangest of all, her captors insist on forgiving her for her part in the recent war.
She does not understand them at all and so she tells her tale to the head of their Congregation of Light, in an attempt to persuade him that her people are strong and will eventually win the long war.
Instead, as she relates her school time memory, she finally comes to understand why her enemy’s apparent weakness is really true strength, and why her people’s strength is weakness.