With a war coming closer every day, Sohm knows his world is about to change. Since birth, he has been one of the Osso—a select group of children who are responsible for conducting ceremonies for the dead of their village. But now that he is on the cusp of manhood, he senses that he is no longer one of them. He belongs out there, on the battlefield.
This short story is about the inevitability of innocence lost on the road from boyhood to manhood.