The soldier next to me
One day, when the footpath visible from the castle's arrow-slits was abundant with traveling merchants, Pembul stopped speaking. This concerned Pembul's parents greatly, so they asked of him, "Pembul, why won't you say anything to us?" Pembul, of course, could not answer, since he had stopped speaking. This only further concerned the parents, who questioned with increasing urgency, and Pembul's silence seemed to them to suggest insolence, and to be evidence of a deep and unseen rift emerging between them. This went on for some time, until their small family, once like a cloistered earthen mound, more closely resembled a boulder-shagged chasm.