Climbing the ropes while carrying a full pack, a lantern, and a sabre is a difficult skill to acquire, which is why everyone starts training when they’re still a Ropeling.

“Does everyone have a partner?” says Miss Juniper.  “Put your hand up if you don’t have a partner.”

Verity sighs.

“Ok, Verity and Equilibrium, you can be partners today.”

She makes her stumbling way up the cargo net.  Her classmates whisper and point.  “Hey,” she says, once she’s even with Equilibrium.

Halfway through the lessen, Verity slips and Equil’s hand is there to catch her.  From there, they are inseparable.


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