After months at the Academy, Darren is finally allowed to travel outside of the campus. He is eager to find his friend, Randall Orbryn. He never got a chance to talk with him about leaving, and Darren is feeling guilty at leaving Randall alone to his bullies. Will Darren find his friend? Has Randall taken all of Dolman’s attention? If he has will Darren be able to protect his friend?
As Maxwell and Darren walked out of the cafeteria, the Dwarf clapped his friend’s back asking, “What are you doing with your day off?
Darren chuckled, giving his friend a sly smile. Rolling his shoulders, Darren leaned back to stretch out his sides. When he finished, he answered, “I’m going to visit an old friend.” Darren flashed the smile again and bolted for their dorm.
Shaking his head, Maxwell followed and asked, “What about your family?”
Darren scratched at his ear and answered, “I’ll visit my folks before I return.”
Maxwell laughed as he gripped the door’s handle and added, “You forgot about your parents, didn’t you?”
“No, I didn’t,” Darren replied as he brushed past the Dwarf and hurried up the stairs. “It’s just that I vanished from Randall’s life.”
With a bark of laughter, Maxwell snapped his stubby fingers. “Ahhhhh, the friend who shared your Dwarven bully?”
Gripping their room’s doorknob, Darren answered, “Yeah.” He yanked the door open and hurried into the room and grabbed his pack. Tossing it over his shoulder, he added, “Which means he’s getting the brunt of their attention. I need to make sure he’s okay.”
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