Image Prompt 039 Response – Need of You

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I selected the image of the south wall of David’s Tower for my prompt today.  I’m also playing with characters from some previous posts.  You first saw them in my 2017 A to Z challenge story (story starts here), and they appeared again in my response to Image Prompt 028.  I hope you enjoy.

Need of You:

Uriel materialized in the world inside a castle.  It was cool, but far better lit than any castle he’d been in when they were common place.  Michael had told him that it was only a few months since he was last sent into the world.  Avery had need of him again.

There were voices further down the corridor, so Uriel took a moment to observe himself and his surroundings.  He could feel that he looked the same as he had in his two previous encounters with Avery.  He was wearing black pants and a simple dark green shirt.  There were sturdy boots on his feet and a dark jacket folded over his arm.

He was at the end of a corridor, looking into a small tower room that looked as if it might not be structurally sound.  There was no one here, so Uriel made his way down the corridor toward the voices.  He needed to determine where Avery was, and why he had need of Uriel.

Uriel took a small flight of wooden steps up from the narrow corridor into another and continued down until he came to a large room that appeared to be full of people.

“Well this can’t bode well for the rest of my day,” Avery said from Uriel’s left.

Uriel was relieved to find Avery smiling, despite his comments.  “I was told you would have need of me,” Uriel replied.

“It’s good to see you,” Avery replied.  “I had a feeling you might make an appearance tonight.”

“Oh?”

“Rosario’s in town,” Avery said.  “And that can be a dangerous situation.  Plus, Ry’s meeting him tonight, which could be a very tense situation.”

“Rosario does not approve of your Ry?” Uriel asked.

Avery laughed.  “Not in the slightest, but I’m pretty sure it’s just a suspicion thing.  He doesn’t know Ry, and there isn’t a lot of information for him to go off of.  He doesn’t understand why yet.”

“You believe he will after tonight?”

“I hope so.”

“Rosario will not be so cruel as to interfere unless there is true cause,” Uriel said.  He hadn’t known Rosario long, because his visits were always short, but he knew that Rosario was a good man who truly cared about his people, and Avery was once of those people.

“I know,” Avery said.  “In my head.”

“But parts of you still doubt?” Uriel asked.

“Almost always,” Avery replied.

“This is where you’ve been hiding,” Ry said as he came up on Avery’s other side.  Ry looked much as Uriel remembered.  His dark hair was long on one side and shaved on the other, and gray-green eyes were bright with humor.  It had been very obvious as soon as Uriel met Ry, that he made Avery very happy.

“I wasn’t hiding,” Avery protested.

“I know,” Ry replied, stepping in close and wrapping an arm around Avery’s shoulders.

That’s when he noticed Uriel.

“Oh,” Ry said, his eyes getting very wide.

“It’s okay,” Avery said, wrapping his arm around Ry’s waist.

“But don’t things usually get kind of harry with he shows up?” Ry asked.  His eyes never left Uriel.

“It’s more that he keeps them from being a problem,” Avery replied.  “Besides, the instructions weren’t protection this time.”

“What do you mean?” Ry asked, looking down at Avery.

“He said I had need of him, not that I needed protection.”

“That’s vague,” Ry said.

“I am told only what I need to know,” Uriel replied.  That Avery had need of him could mean a great many different things, or several of them.  Uriel would stay by Avery’s side until he was called home.

“I’m just nervous,” Ry said.  “I don’t mean to sound doubtful.”

“Doubt is not in your nature,” Uriel replied.  While Ry did not ascribe to a religion among men, his faith was very strong.  He practically shined with it.

“And everything’s going to be fine tonight,” Avery said.

“You keep saying that,” Ry replied.  “I should believe you.”

“Absolutely,” Avery replied.  “Besides, Rosario will respect Uriel’s opinion.”

Uriel glanced up and met Rosario’s eyes.  He was walking across the room toward.  He was coming from behind Ry, but Uriel was fairly sure Avery had noticed his approach.

“I guess I’ll have to take that,” Ry replied.

“And relax,” Avery said.  “The hard part will be over soon.”

Ry didn’t have time to respond before Rosario joined them.

“I did not expect you,” Rosario said to Uriel.

“I am hard to anticipate,” Uriel replied with a slight bow.  “It is good to see you well.”

“It’s good to see you at all,” Rosario replied.  “But it does make me wonder what is about to go wrong.”

“I don’t think it’s like that this time,” Avery said.

“Oh?” Rosario replied as he turned to the young man.  One of his eyebrows arched up when he saw how Avery was standing with Ry.

“The instructions did not include the word protect,” Avery replied.  “Just that I had need of him.”

“I hope that’s all it is,” Rosario replied.

“And this is Ry,” Avery said.  “Ry, meet Rosario.”

“It’s an honor, sir,” Ry said, holding out his hand.

“No need to be so formal,” Rosario replied, taking Ry’s hand in his.  “I do not stand on ceremony if I can help it.”

“I’ll do my best,” Ry replied as they shook hands.

“Have the two of you met before?” Rosario asked as he stepped back from Ry.

“On my last trip,” Uriel replied.

“Avery didn’t mention that,” Rosario said.

“It was before everything happened,” Avery said in his defense.  “There were more important things to cover.”

“I can’t argue with that,” Rosario replied.

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