Andronikos, the Spartan Lochos closes with us through the mountain pass’
Pelanus was the most trusted of the Athenian scouts and was also one of the quickest.
‘How many are they?’ Questioned Andronikos as he looked up from the warmth of the camp's fire at his old friend.
‘I’d say 20-30.. but they are spread out. It was hard to get an exact count’.
‘We will hit them from the high ground. We will drive them from Athens before they have the chance to form up’ Andronikos mused.
‘We could meet them head on?’ Pelanus suggested.
‘No. The men are tired. A head-on fight against the Spartans will risk too many of our lochos. Every Athenian life is precious. I will not rush into this’.
Pelanus looked confused and stopped to think upon the command. ‘I understand’ he said slowly, ‘But come the time I will follow you to Hades myself Andronikos’.
‘I know you will’ Andronikos replied as he slapped his comrade on the shoulder,
'but today is not that day’.