On a day of well-earned rest, he rises bright and early and cannot drift back to sleep for the myriad runaway thoughts coursing through his head. He takes his face in hand with a resigned sigh and begins the day while the house is still asleep.

Through countless fires he has tested himself, knows himself more than merely sufficient. Before he noticed, ambition had crept into his life. Not that he will admit that just yet; a surprise for the right day.

He knows they will walk forward together down yet untrodden paths. Let them watch as he strides the farthest.