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Billy’s first name had been Arminius.

 

As the Walrus rocks with each swell sliding under her hull, Billy remembers floating on the Rhine as a boy; remembers falling asleep in the saddle as his garrison pushes forward.

Sometimes he wakes with a start and old German or Latin on his tongue.

Out on the wide open ocean, Billy finds himself longing for Germany’s forests – those so tall, so old trees who’ll whisper secrets if he pauses long enough to simply listen; who’ll loom over him and hide him away.

 

Billy’s first name had been Arminius – and he never forgets it.