Come over here, will you?'
'Sorry,' he said.
'That's all right. Bits fall off all the time, like I said.'
Cohen turned. 'What's happening? I remember all the big old wars. Don't you? You must have fought.'
'I carried a club, yeah.'
'It was supposed to be for a bright new future and law and stuff. That's what people said.'
'Well, I fought because a big troll with a whip told me to,' said Mica, cautiously. 'But I know what you mean.'
'I mean it wasn't for farms and spruce trees. Was it?'
Mica hung his head. 'And here's me with this apology for a bridge. I feel really bad about it,' he said, 'you coming all this way and everything...'
'And there was some king or other,' said Cohen, vaguely, looking at the water. 'And I think there were some wizards. But there was a king. I'm pretty certain there was a king. Never met him. You know?' He grinned at the troll. 'I can't remember his name. Don't think they ever told me his name.'
Telling stories about heroes.