The First Task
“I guess I’m hungry after all,” I stammered, making no attempt to hide the icy fear my confusion had morphed into.
“Good,” replied the man.
He pushed a plate toward me, and I felt a deep stirring of hatred mixed with my terror.
“You can have what you ordered last.”
I stared at the plate, and clenched my teeth together to keep my voice low. “This is not what I ordered.”
“Oh,” he said softly, “it is. Your first task as apprentice will be to eat a big meal.”
My stomach lurched.