Alyn stepped into the bedchamber a few moments after the steward had taken his leave. My lord.
Poole tells me it has been six days, Ned said.
I must know how things stand.
The Kingslayer is fled the city, Alyn told him.
The talk is he’s ridden back to Casterly Rock to join his father.
The story of how Lady Catelyn took the Imp is on every lip.
I have put on extra guards, if it please you.
It does, Ned assured him. My daughters?
They have been with you every day, my lord.
Sansa prays quietly, but Arya...He hesitated.
She has not said a word since they brought you back.
She is a fierce little thing, my lord.
I have never seen such anger in a girl.
Whatever happens, Ned said, I want my daughters kept safe.
I fear this is only the beginning.
No harm will come to them, Lord Eddard, Alyn said. I stake my life on that.
Jory and the others.
I gave them over to the silent sisters, to be sent north to Winterfell.
Jory would want to lie beside his grandfather.
It would have to be his grandfather, for Jory’s father was buried far to the south.
Martyn Cassel had perished with the rest.
Ned had pulled the tower down afterward, and used its bloody stones to build eight cairns upon the ridge.
It was said that Rhaegar had named that place the tower of joy, but for Ned it was a bitter memory.
They had been seven against three, yet only two had lived to ride away; Eddard Stark himself and the little crannogman, Howland Reed.
He did not think it omened well that he should dream that dream again after so many years.
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