W's plan failed. He saw Rose cross the courtyard at midnight but when he met her at the gate two guards appeared out of the shadows. W gasped when Rose's betrayal became obvious. Rose screamed when she saw the look in his eyes.
The school's guards, tasked with arresting the student and returning the daughter, clumsy, full of their power, underestimated their man, let him break free, and gave chase. No one could decide if W lost his footing because the gravel where he ran was loose or because he was desperate and decided to risk it all but from the edge of the plateau where the school was located, past the boulders, through the trees, W tumbled.
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