|Chapter 24: The Search|
The First looked at him, then looked around her. Without warning, her broadsword leaped into her hands, seemed to ring against the howl as she whirled it about her head, "Stone and Sea!" she coughed--a strangled battle cry.
And Covenant, who had known Giants, responded:
"Stone and Sea are deep in life,
Two unalterable symbols of the world."
He forced the words through his anoxia and vertigo as he had learned them from Foamfollower.
"Permanence at rest, and permanence in motion;
participants in the Power that remains."
Though the effort threatened to burst his eyeballs, he spoke so that the First would hear him and understand.
Her eyes searched him narrowly. "You have known Giants indeed," she rasped. The howling thickened in her throat. "I name you Giantfriend. We are comrades, for good or ill."
Giantfriend. Covenant almost gagged on the name.