She gently pushed Tilly toward Brent, who picked her up and propped her expertly on one hip.
“Goodbye, Melanie,” said Brent. She could see in his eyes that he knew the truth. She would probably never hold her daughter again. When the Avalons came with their armies, they would slay her, too, and that was for the best. “I won’t ever forget you. I’ll keep her safe, I promise.”
“Thank you, Brent,” said Melanie, wishing she could hug him, too. “Go, hurry!”
Brent didn’t hesitate. He ran without turning back, Tilly bouncing on his hi...
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