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The Kind Gods

A Short Story by Carolyn Kephart

Did the old gods really die? A warrior seeks answers at the burial-mound of his greatest enemy. Published in Bewildering Stories.

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Copyright 2011, Carolyn Kephart

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The Kind Gods

They rode light, for these had long been times of peace, yet still they rode armed from old habit, in steel-studded leather many times mended, battered greaves over scuffed boots, vambraces scored from years of sword-blows. Still, the metal gleamed, and the tough hide was supple, and from a distance they seemed young men, straight and easy in the saddle. Only a closer look would note their greyed hair, and faces as weathered as their gear.

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