You steady your aim and throw your knife. The man holding Selyna tries to duck, but the knife grazes his upper arm. He yelps and jerks back. His grip slackens on the knife at her throat.
Drawing your sword, you charge.
The man’s eyes widen and he struggles to keep the woman between you and him. Selyna squirms and kicks her leg back, catching his knee from the side. Cursing, the man tightens his hold.
You reach for his arm and pry it away from the woman’s neck. Beneath, a thin track of blood marks her skin.
Something moves to your left and you dodge instinctively. A sword slashes inches from your side. The new attacker lunges again. Keeping a hold of the first man’s arm you twist putting your back to Selyna, then parry.
The swordsman snarls and leans for another heavy blow. Your blade is driven back close to your face.
“Selyna!” Natin shoves his way through fighting people and tackles the swordsman.
You turn back to the man holding Selyna and try to twist the knife free even as he struggles to draw his sword with his left hand. Your sword cuts through the straps on his belt easily and the sheath drops to the ground before he can draw.
Finally the knife slides into your grip.
The man dives for the sword.
You pull Selyna clear.
By the time your opponent stands again, you are ready Natin joins you.
“Two to one–you’ve lost,” you tell the man. “Surrender.”
The man glances around, eyes wide. He swallows and his hand trembles. Scowling, he throws down his weapon.
Selyna pulls the cloth gag off and sucks in a deep breath.
“Are you safe?” Natin asks and she nods shakily.
She glances up at you. “Thank you.” Her voice is hoarse and quiet, but sincere.
A ring of soldiers is leading Gallino back to the main group. Meanwhile, Malor lies dead from multiple arrows as does most of his band.
“You have my gratitude for your assistance,” says the Prince as he guides his horse closer.
“And mine,” adds Natin. He runs a hand through his hair. “To be honest, I’ve never been much impressed by mercenaries, especially the ones Father hires. I know I wasn’t -” He winced. “Thank you. I’m glad you came to work for father. If I can ever repay you, tell me and I’ll be there.”
Somehow, Gallino’s glare probably promises the same. You sigh. “Thank you. I am simply glad we were successful. Unfortunately, I’m not sure your father will be as pleased.”
“I’ll talk to Father,” Selyna says. “He can’t possibly fire you just because Gallino is a criminal. You did exactly what Father asked!”
The Prince shifts in his saddle. “I’d offer my help, but I doubt it would be of any help where Merchant Galen is concerned. I fear he has been greatly displeased by my handing of things since my older brother’s death.”
“But now you know Cinea is a traitor,” Natin says. “She should be jailed for buying those forbidden weapons just as much as Gallino!”
The Prince gives a weary smile. “So it would seem. I suppose then my brother Tivolt will claim victory by default. At least now perhaps peace can return to the land.”
You take a deep breath. “Prince Sander, could you do me a favor?”
He blinked. “Simply name it.”
“I’d like to know any information you find regarding these weapons and the people making them.”
“Thank you.” You bow. After all these years, you may be able to find the ones responsible for the attack on the monastery and the slaughter of the monks who raised you. You certainly aren’t going to pass up a chance like this.
However, it will have to wait for at least a day.
In the meanwhile, you really need some sleep.
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