Chapter 11: What a weekend

First light was still at least half an hour away when the quartet of guards selected by Carnotine assembled by lamplight at the front gate. They were armed with bows and arrows, though they hoped no bloodshed would be necessary. They wouldn’t hesitate to use them in defence of their chieftain, though, or the otherContinue reading “Chapter 11: What a weekend”

Chapter 10: Extraordinary times

As the five of them headed down to the town square, where the bell had long since stopped ringing, and hundreds of residents were now assembling, Lazarn turned to Carnotine: ‚ÄúCaptain, I will need four of your most competent guards for this mission. I hope they will not be required to fight, but it mayContinue reading “Chapter 10: Extraordinary times”

Chapter 7: Mistakes are teachers

Relieved that she no longer had to rush to intercept Carnotine at the main guard post, but concerned by the subdued bearing she had observed from her study window, Lazarn headed to the front door. Carnotine was resplendent in the uniform he would normally only wear on the settlement’s most important ceremonial occasions, but heContinue reading “Chapter 7: Mistakes are teachers”

Chapter 2: Exhaustion

Batefimba heard Mazimba and Fevan approaching before she saw them. Her grandson was well known in the community for his happy laugh and his voice’s love for long-distance travel. He was forever bringing friends, some of long standing and others only recently acquired, back to the treehouse he and his grandmother shared, for dinner, soContinue reading “Chapter 2: Exhaustion”