Slide knelt over the body of her beloved Protector and held his hand. Tears streamed down her face but she was peaceful and made no sound. Just before he died the Protector had opened his eyes and he smiled at her with an angelic smile she had never seen on him before. She knew he was now on his last journey to peace and tranquility. She thought back to the early days with him and the training she had endured as a child and the pleasure and love he had given her as a woman. She thought about the future she now carried in her womb. A living embodiment of love and hope for all time.
She was now the Protector, in more ways than one.