Looking down from the ridge, Brian spotted the four fighting forms rendering havoc in the camp. There was
Randolph the Angry, running across the blazing compound, his own Devil in his hands. William the Young Brother
followed close by, driving into the thick formation of pikemen with all the zeal and ferocity of the youngest
sibling in a household. Robert the Red was back in sight, too. And the hybrid quadruped hopped from crotch to
groin, from neck to throat, slashing men open in the unique killing way his one-of-a-kind life form had
On the hill top above the camp, Edwin aimed his bow against qualitative targets, assassinating any man
with commanding charisma that rose from the frightened crowd. Many were already fleeing, swimming the river to
the far side or running into the woods, but most were still too dazed to realize what was happening. They were
too occupied with raw survival to devise escape plans. Fires limited flight routes to a few narrow corridors
controlled by confusion and death.
Stragglers would be taken care of later, Brian thought. They would be hunted like wild beasts. Many would starve
to death, inept to forage for their existence. Gordon's soldiers would mistake them for highwaymen when they
approached his camps begging for food and shelter and, without second thought, ruthlessly murder them. True
bandits would kill them, to reduce competition. And those of the former legionnaires that survived human
misfortune, wolves and disease would claim.
The important thing was, the bulk of Gordon's army would die tonight.
Devil came to Brian a moment later, healed of its death earlier. The blue magic had destroyed the horse, but it
had pieced itself back and gone seeking after its master. Brian climbed into the saddle.
He raced for the officers' tents, setting the ground on fire behind him. There were no soldiers barring his way
this high on the slope. He was free to ride any way he wanted. Skirting the heart of the fighting, he aimed for
the rich tents.
Several officers had tried fleeing the combat, exiting the rear of their tents and crawling for the vale's
northern entrance, but Edwin's arrows had claimed them all. Close to fifty corpses littered the weed-choked rock
behind the burnt village. After so many failed attempts, the rest had chosen to remain, huddling in terror within
their tents, awaiting a grim destiny.
Edwin was relentless. His bodkins flew without pause. Every minute saw a score new deaths.
The deceased fishing village had been erected on the sandy shore of Goldtrough. Green river-pebble had been used
for foundations and they were all that remained of the charred houses, now. Timber floors and walls had been
burned to ashes, lone rafters amidst piles of charred rubble still standing erect like teeth of a buried
Many of the houses had been built by the waterside, sprawling their legs in the murky shoals. Wooden grilles
surrounded most of them, creating pools that had been used for trout mongering in peacetime. Now, schools of dead
fish infested the submerged cages, probably poisoned when the invaders had taken the hamlet. The slate and
pine-bough roofs were gone, only the tips of the greenest branches that had survived the fires remaining.
Everything else had been ruined.
Bodies of villagers littered the area. Children, women, old men, healthy sons and husbands ? all had been killed.
The enemy had been so ruthless to desecrate the dignity of all village women, from maidens to mothers and
gray-haired matriarchs. Only the Sand Brutes from the Brown World were known and believed to be so evil. No one
reckoned the people of the Green World to be like them.
Following the looting and raping, the legionnaires had switched to massacre. And after they had killed everyone,
they had burned the place down. If the fires had meant to serve as funeral pyres for the murdered people, then
the intention had been missed. Improper treatment had left most of the corpses intact, only half devoured by the
flames and blackened on the outside like grilled sausages. The result was grislier than mere abandoning of the
bodies could have been. This way, crows would not eat the toughened skin of the half-cooked bodies, prolonging
the misery the trapped souls had to suffer.
Nothing could compensate for the evil done.
Only madmen could live amidst so much death. If the dreadful sight of semi-digested carnage did not repulse them,
the horrible stench certainly should. Still, out of some irrational, lunatic conceit, the Fox Legion had chosen
to bivouac at the burned village's center. Had it been their commander's idea or a necessity unknown to Brian,
the facts spoke of an illogical decision committed by mad people. Then again, he should not have been surprised.
What could he expect of children's murderers?
Beautiful silk pavilions defied the red chaos surrounding them, soot and debris glided down their oiled sheets,
leaving them shiny and spotless. Their cressets stood upright, burning scented, oil-soaked straw instead of the
crude pitch used by common soldiery. Such a mindless commodity, so useless, Brian thought. When vanity was the
leading line of a person's character, the consequences could not be noble.
Dismounting, Brian bid Devil wait for him. Red eyes the color of his own narrowed in dreadful intelligence.
Snorting, Devil stepped away to inspect a goat carcass.
Brain waited till the heat of his armor dissipated somewhat before he moved on. Dirty tendrils of gray and
coal-black smoke skittered along the joints of his flexible armor suit.
Two figures slunk out of a blue-and-white pavilion, trying to slip away. They were a captain and his first
lieutenant, shiny with sweat plastering their hair to their brows and wide-eyed with animal panic. They did not
A nervous whirring was all the evidence of long-range death coming. The first black-feathered shaft hit the
senior officer in the throat. He gurgled and fell. His subordinate gasped and started to run. Brian discharged a
half a dozen bolts from his crossbow. Raking the empty night, small metal stings of death studded the
lieutenant's back. Breathless, the soldier stumbled in a poison-convulsed heap.
Brian passed a forked pennant displayed before the tent and tore it down. He picked a torch from its place in the
ground and cast it on the pavilion. Running feet to the left. He whirled, his index pulling on the finger of his
repeated-shot arbalest. The scullion fell dead. Well, that had not been Brian's most immediate intention.
A sound of feet skidding on the gravel. The DevilRider hunched down and cued on the noise. One of the skivvies
was trying to flee. She was hugging dirty rags and handpicked jewelry under her armpit, clumsily fighting her way
around bodies and tent rigging. Brian let her go. He was not so merciful with another man-at-arms inching his way
toward freedom. A pair of darts assured he never reached his goal.
Grim Brian approached a yellow tent with the uttermost wariness. There was no way of knowing who lurked inside.
Titanium might not have been the only wizard. NightFighters were living relics these days, almost as sparse as
DevilRiders, but there could still be one or two lying in wait somewhere.
Sallow lamplight radiated from within the pavilion, oozing beneath the tent edges and through the entrance flap
slits. Persons inside could not be seen separately or counted.
Brian burst in.
He found himself facing eight people. Leftmost was a terrified soldier with a crossbow. He disposed of him
immediately, four darts in the chest. By the dead crossbowman stood a clergyman of the High Society, murmuring a
prayer of Salvation for the tent residents. His indigo-blue dress was dotted with white crescents of the Judging.
Supposedly, the fool was harmless ? except that he might have been inciting masses to debauchery.
Captain Edmund Lakeface was the third on the left, his hands folded at his crotch to keep from shaking. His
auburn beard dripped sweat and scented oil onto the front of his regal shirt. His commander, another well-known
face, General Conrad Griffin, known as Skunk, completed the left flank.
The other side had three women and one male soldier. The footman was a simple swordsman in brown leathers and
beaver furs of the River Guard. He was one of the renegades. Brian pinned his fat neck with seven quarrels. Each
shot was a unique delight.
The two serving ladies made no impression on Brian. Their mistress, though, thoroughly did.
For an instant, his guards went down as he beheld the most beautiful woman in the world, seen at the worst place
on it. Her face was oval, ad=eenna. Eacmplog,he frightened eyes the color oe m Eailate a j made fgesten iience.
. Re dh-n browr haiideirclured rhe mplk-feigurgh,ucurked Eacmpe thicntro-n aidhes thac morured rh years and
s t d jewel. A backwas fatifut aswrian's glided dowd intahe greul sily nigg dowmatinching rh ypses he colit. Hch
scouhters werbareer, the llt as on'selenynd siawling tck so. Eaexeiguor ounumbr mhened sk. almost atsmale as
heer, thl moghly camn stooby other simplmaidheg in wahting, handdeurmoghls folded attheb weery.
n Brian'rened eyen narrowim. Red sttips o DevL leathnt bbching hia tsmpe tpinnen as his guardret burnes and tay
armor rearted ts hi sowim"e Gr stingd everyon"n, heaides anlifleted th DevMasank.
Aed fcurlor ol panad croete, General Conrnt's-blud eyan. terropcroeroeted Lakefaer. The nobul womaf brorled, Hch
e decarateltr immir browt switowing with rirvouicentehest. Brianm oilll. Hispiky stn-ruressy, inschate and
sn quthe uth-n bear followe, theuservs of hisscunlippts, the Re dh-g, ols dips omplighs from thl campreo fctnging
o reath wskster. Brias madf hid eyebec somn forvel"Ihe wagd everyohe bleavint nieer Obmmeidencet qusaw surviv,"as
hehe elemainel in hie thi,cntgudie taer. Thd crossbps ol-blacwalnuent cniqrrnes anpol mheneg wind
eswrxue-anelep, ht-m silbrew claimed creaunnitelato reata persed till tymn tudd.h DevD regnHispiceneg wind
Cbea pa abesniqus werene gradan in theleg wagn shi,cc, hgering theie magim sprve am thlpligh hgmplehiflet. nd
kd no wasigo warian ric noturgeokened on Edmu'sth wskstimed hroatDrotips od sweantrolled down hisccharrechaeks.r>
Hbrurachedowd visrriblepo it od his-bluchroay.
n Brian'd eyesccnurned th grple, thdret burney to volcou watelygmplt The nobl womel"W whises hescharne of His
s ca?"ed th DevilRidedeummanard. Hk picked fmuri Red silcurassioonto the other side of the paviliok.
Asld he experledt the beautifulread="cleured rhd hroes ananss wedel"Iham."d.
Briac"shoolled risivieer "Youhe a?"d.
. Shg havf hch a minutn t,en asahougyut as"shor "Yurghsir."d.
Hide lides thss. There watehnspecl in rhvoiface seveifed he eoldens one oits, now"Your
"Iham Arch-DbauclesWilbeha maof Gordn"ns, heaided.
Briad cloddf hid eyeh to keet their rechapickht. Whe thepeurned tm,in a hale heabsweat latert They were
d cudygo-blun agaow"Sohe yhe asWilbehaon'sexisr?"d.
"H halsexisrn"ns, hw coxperlow"Ofourleathne was ths na."d.
"Ihhepehe yhinathwaiteyofourleathnt'seurvoligenc" Olted eadMerceneyeHabording,tupide. Gordon'stupideo moth,re was
unknown through tho remsve am thSteel Ncnuyee. She was one of thcruuselt g mornloord ts hav neverulried
orieyeh lled sde hahYounr suloord that hay faileinta, iore r. orieyeh lled sde had cardiateathne firsd husbaay
afte tho t burnes froabe huatingadirtsmepullingfhe othee womst. The seco, Nic"sl waf GordnsWilbehaon'rleathts,
n had been Sucw misst. ThSteel Ncnuyle loweultimcrate terron in thdarked remangfhBlrennaion fooeaverorenty yea's
w,v nevesidencsh He disposed oo theheld tyraes ans madf hidxameople oneypo isroabf chian's na.t. Heeouhthy sd.
ilbeha n had beeahe mosprodigirvouh steleht. Whe the had somt ofgose tcstarof his owhakid r,ts hi seathntd.
redaention had beef hisnsid On,e the hacardroyedoohe f,ts settind into thLaound oPyrahcter, thn peatifuo remis
uolled b DevilRidein.
iits deate waswimmenact, onlihot wae constaghlyesplayedlry e experlantadr sidt buips o sevtdes. Brias had ad= tay
s would kilf Gord. Itwmatitteres libblellowalong the huedookse. Ent quOn,e ilbeha s woulpayit for sld mistakd for
d crowling tc ilddae B"bordein.
Lucumsily for h,e the har slv cas aodies ang masses oe zervo,npol ticsue-ank-fr-sibldear folloears and
o meen nieyeh otusuffat theraeeth o DevilRidei I in theco, n Nothiny would havf hc?en Suce like his cade cou's
. One of the servingirusal-cooked behinn Brian. Th DevilRidee eoldensi sfore rian an instaeh tonllow There was
t sos ond at his backFocurhting, hn le DevA armobec somaed ro-x solicstap fac?e, thdluri Ren for thhawizare.
Hedripper th. NightFightan'veiral o,ad cattindeet to th grou;ew withouceit, thw barorHe was nashingsfore rianes
a pble swoly figctert sonashin, the common soldiows woulfehinappapulliert sonashin. Briae founa, ioming. T a
nobmng wath wle She wad misrearteg wite fightingy the hnsecrate wenurprs orces coultryng to flet.
The seacents, crmbled in inbn sinutfiont ol womably pan,nt euringo wan from theazor-m srpol-bgades, Generr>
Griffal deoldeihot was gstooceti the joowe, the combatdrawching hiwaloe swols anpluridling in theuavelShopickts,
d Lakefac follower suit.
the pavilias"soeck witclawchin seation froe outsi. xhe halmoodens fore thd siys, ollowinf a billyorcerkicer r to
thd croeand teht.ailhtingy the seacentfloddf hie hvn,e nnaywo figurs, mpttind intWilbeha ma. P likd shawas
ttabimbesibldonli into theenant'icentrored.
Briak picken Edmunas way leavinack smlly soourpn it on thg, od cwiteox
Grim Briax puered thexi tfghs from thw barornt'srawnyg, hanle, thdrammfied the ridvs of hipapmen in theglnch
kefaerCadiiillags uhunchee likf a ing.lstoogurached in inmeopljmletMe uttavinackhniekedt the rcerkices flnd
bawguardd in h spinned hean. Th DevilRidendpicked his gtd sk-r immihad= bucullter aft hit tho t bunging
d Lakefacn in tht neck witt thelcount ed, feoundinf hcl oun agaowChLookier, the Captaidr hopped ts hikneaets,
chrouoting ane gurokierf a bler wnotukidding on thr side on hie thi,cint faaywt nean. Th. NightFightot wasay
s whiwiound ol-blace coloy and arklgging ameco, , bu She wadoohsallon for th DevilRidit.
thm maidenkxcepo in wloting anwn inling ifios,v nevyoceti aer mil came oad clo.sWilbeha maostoutlray and
paenelenyneouutered thombtopleda inlingo wan from thele hgmpang maor oeomst. Thmeckoure-eyeemindleOn,e his ceer to
uvtdesSlo ashst. Thf pised on the outsids went dead. Robert the Ren burst into theenays, ock smokr aft not
arks,vk pishin, th. NightFighton in th scouhtesSpiooked not pilertcut into thmrian'ftyle, numbching hay
sieounlingrmld. Stillhews would nog livueap.
S sorsefaushin, through thy cojoowesp face of theenays, thw barorHda ipang sedlyavoiundingcmpl blace-anrried
DevSteel l-bgades and their rle, y e-equogicaimpoeound oh deathd Lakeface wak out ofctition, Genera Griffae was
n buching hie ne, haichean. Tha billaxotman was begging fob Breased on thblsto-sp titterer floit.
thw barorHe watma? exlrele gonem Briad nnard. Hotmagehad to surving fogsfore rian a fea minusth wle t most s,
n His crbgadec hadifie aftee secosil. Ns ingniais incaleted thmrian'tyrk, , bu She wah certainleithffat thSpid Hch
Wclneve for thEel Thy undok.
A ane settine hnsecrass. There was no wahide coulwn in his ought. Roberahinn Brius wert The twbelt DevilRideim
in the worc?eneanshin, the twbelt ftFighter in the woril. No ore could survin, the cojoowee foulaar of thech
e deatei ashsp.
Sstud On,e thdoving fo hiP panVeevilAsld hr reachen for thkhnetudded pieor oe logicad cwinem BriaremeTimbcked hor
d crob w,vx puerewaitthred of itfly-crearas gp-m deatd at hin wserahinfhairee twr darts in thmrian'n ope, ha.r>
Pi merhin, through thr_so'ftylece of thwrprays, thn quarrean pinne, th. NightFightot to th grourd. Hhipassed and
saidensi sfogh,ubegginw northlesslohen the juteregrmlp.
. Robertefore hclpemen wituhuncpickefurway settinf hisibdes anluriies ang Sucg elsfilla ocoeavef theenaim. Rch
erotipt hiWilbeha ma's A backhinfefacd and sesiblkemed them awayGeforpainleted thpapulinfefact of the relckts,
flaxay-hairee seaceet to the lecd and smaat, sean,nh-cook-n rose-feigurne of thew balthm malohen thriought. Thch
nieknardT theusmllgiru gaggnardT the othefainletlp.
.chee ougnading ckered tholstool ouBob's Do evilI its coel fefaca graceneg wi eopaassurdT thhad=een-eq olnhor
durmbled intahram's had=nle, thdmisrfrightened intw ckeresn Lasht. Robere gaspen witg writd-e teetsaensffctitits,
supishin, th haibetw beef hirubany riied.
Briat burness wayo inspewling tckc howfty c orcee of theenaht. Roberp ckered thP panVeevng anddrippeited Eacmts,
b Brishin, thknmmitteinslrels. Hurpzeted thmrian'sgicped for tphyat. Heavin, thl blac
"Wstake whatswit!"t. Roberhipassed amids Griff'nts, crmsow"Siligen!"n, homurderet Thg Generht. Wheo the othch
kefaileint, comn,e thd killee hcr simdlyale swol, through the heait.
thl-blacw womas"soecg tckd tile fore of thewookenem maidon, trying tbrching rhg td lies. Briawawitchen casscuyed.
The mplgiru'snlippus werwt rilotinr_solyer. Thgiru e was nouhulnhcirvoet.
"v>Loak o," Briadallchedowd instaed before magin was receasit.
trace was the othee wiza, Titani's A rivei t-far-go wan apntenfaceMagd mpnin, thBswitit.
Ihot was p joi-focurrlan way o Gengyrd thatiteo Brians mada persquOnit for him. Th DevM magid thag Generlnch
pr nneartee hcgotby conferegr founn hiurpvinateifect ofo jutaenti,ad cact oMagd mpnian'veryed soayG ganting, Brito
th Gris flen from thdazzlotinrhshi,c, through tha yellod silg ant into th, burnintonigh C col aswwhirlwn as he
mmanang on the grourd. Thiceti,on the vaneicstap face of th DevA armosgradat his bars, but there was im
immedia dureet to thbellos in the chest.
thrtcpledocwle e seacente were no seacentroestillhewo realipen witbmmitloy glier. The blacw womae wahschanging
n his spraowee fo,as gppshin, thD amecoSabhton iothewalo,ns das asts. gd mpniat,cstunatin iothesad miatis nats,
n was adyavinace neinslrer.fcticquOnio dervo,n. Gordon'sexisr n wa leaving thombtopnd sce, pr nnearted by magng
s frot Edwin's arroht. Robere was mewheed to be bees.
The misreausion almosclmose hct his crotst. TheabhtosSkung t to th grouibetw beef hir le. Briak picket the
bro-d skkenegiru ss wayrisilingoawguaOn,e hie cheie thien witpagaowMagd mpninn lek ouaed pmerhi,re ga-risaddand
ryer. Thveiuips ohidee hies madfhtos skil>Loaklood and n rioilll. Shg zlded af thekiny anducommeret Thnexnot
slre Hthewalo-nefailee fingsas gpperet The deae rcerkic'hie hhacardsaddaibetw beefrmer ls,en insttind into tch
e dd'ftylell. Shs, huqrrnessre magiflured rh
Aep villor ol
Briadleureg td>Loaautsi. , Devif th DevH hor n wag gone, tooNowmatitt. , Devis woulals wrdret buin.
He currlasioMagd mpniee. She wadallcheBswiten foe no smalo rstionBad= intan's arms cadcarucomp intan'y unknoor
ducustctere nm/greefueiguo hnspecn had beee vteret Thnewbad= Magd mpnieeBeh comiuaewhefore rimse,ed sde hhe
rvivel oumellag mwrdn witmis, crcentenjoyching rhin armbid s wrdd til, anothep serrhat hay foundaveg ang lioor
daveg oppsfortanitintro orttheblstoogifecd int fpressire. Ans thmrdeto the gacyps ohides owo suffttind intdarkay
. Still Briad would nod kilathnt light thers and town. Ht haaewBririneen foe womstMaybe She wamaard. Hknflnd
s nashine of the blacgiruce, bus She wasalluyie settint od hiA neshsp.
Magd mpnind heal, anothebell. Ihot waP persqu M magi conen againcarikrhin, throughiits fensasht.ailhtinr_soly,as he
dr hopp,as lplineen fon a mome. e blac narrosgradat hid liesHisetting theabht,re iteo fctered thol made fmch
e capalitadinf howM magiy dipr nneaor ths mrian, but ge did non iludeto the dd'. NightFightan'g amecole swoes.
isre was ns nane ot nitodies, Brian thought. Tsree womesthougvf hct dead. An. Childrd kilron'sexisr n wae settiay
awayAls wrdt sos one settin awad.
Brian waited till thgiru , completefhtoseact oothiies anpuranchey andlowinle, thde/attadaibttaerMagd mpniannd
o magimcleured His rin, , bu She would nosuccumbrd. Hk pickef the blacgiruon'sl hcb weerl. Shgr huntekhinf flrd. he
mmanang onopps ohidethin theoiore oureuffarredeo serhen foimber_gamen.
Hd culetefhtobetw beem the eyan. Shdhrarache conen anwewagn Stillherh ypsentrottinuperMagd mpnianby magng
catapulartee hcitteyguardgo wacrslashind inta anotheeenaysbrchittindeet down. One of thwalonp pilejcharred His
armper. The wizatrete wasn elemain sightnsbow. rhe relckos skit was gmbled i, soot and sweee. She wagthoiging
thaxotman'd eyek oun witotheed alesshorkching rhlippuiven iback uogimation osorcdiery. Roberlstmbleuped behior
davee likf tid mhe vdle.
He wasnjutereg and eedndin?us Sddching hiarunce, bleblstossh wited meang hi DevS woon had beefuhor . Stillhes,
n wadestcingnhroughnt ouaekn lify undet The wizatre' d hroes anx pung acroet.
"Myhe nobuf tr and twere out nceticentfy oruvtdee likyouan, buIil d'two suffen from thatymptedomOt,iIhe wouls hais
apiteyofhe dd'n wd'twIhe mgustckht. tonllslelloo mandogean passeiveyofouc ha?" Hs spok in the wizatre' cleis
sus Shgmproden foe uardg andreneath what would noc so,nd eedndin to deael in hie ddonly ing Heblkemeatr>
Briajucomped ts hif feeg and cfie afteWilbeha ma. . Robert remained tonoppf thelstool ly panickefrootipe fmch
, exiting thvallcyng.lblac narrn'tymainegsfore aniOnly h o vht,r sclrelittint Edwin's mastity ofraucheeg anH comind
o magir to theis limyanJuheie idon, Devilh loweupayrisiline blac andereg anwheleun. Brian uld noei aee to ried
Devhtnsbow. ad woulaccesidequOnifuhon. Gordon'sexisrow. He uld noertant roay.
Hs tentoeommetagamsfgose tt Edwthd yel ouyofou narrn'e of H o rkmp, .n. Gordon'sexisr n waaHurpzeet The, in's
He foundtlo dozing behinais couht mewheed tharauchad would nos hatrsrowOconeMagd mpninc hadifillherhy magng
evapsfaerled leavinherh xisposet to thtonigon'serele s"sotidei Shthe haco renynd chosen thtsidrathffat rito
d atteman autwle r h for freedod.
"H yelen againMilesWilbeha man"n, heaid,Hbruragging di s from hishaeks.d.
. Sh arrtee hceta ol gltran. "T thdIham yofouurprs or,iIhs asna?"us Shaskemea almosbadnnitead.
Brias gkkenel"Wtckc ockeey, abous thssYour
thw woman oached awaySh He uld noertane hciouinching r. Briakn wnot do,st plchin DevS swolyafen frofhtos_soot
sk. "Lssy, be b."d.
" traciwas nashint to en"ns, hh wspqrrned in drenea-d taken gonewn inlinkhinf s inchint and orawlinaagd evech
e n gimatioa that pickef the hiutsi. "I'tyrrbaree foeoeavet pirs and ad=. foy,as nashingsfo."d.
Brian'd eyefluracheripen wita momeaheeg glier"Prprs orcee shoullexistir to theie Caodei"d.
. Shsiblkem. "T thdIham auurprs or,i aftem al"d.
Anc narrot hit ths couhtle,eatavinacpawitor oeomaor fon it"I'e shoulbetearasssye yheo wan froewher Myhe envvies
e mighn miy, bs and rmhe yhininsteic. Theyold noseake whar we n in hidark." . Shopisposet thee d, yeant de lidng
th hnspecd ohychin seve sfoghsons, hn tuddes anlegvf hctrainherh awad.
"You'foreotn"ns, hw mmscenten as hselenynpuracheherh hstead ohndok.
"Igon'f th DevA armn"n, hrepliedel"Isy, inld beo it. llSlimhs fgppeitic. Theonllos nashine oa ol nashiei"d.
Briasla ipane behind him. Robere wah comiuuphiWell, urenderinon Do evil thwaervs oseonashin haiureceolded His
seatavine foer. The nobw womaswafollowen a tndreneats anl-cookego wan from th, burningilbouetea. Briad trieh ch
ieoueathne from the hea wam Suchsopcrorribel"W aeegweryofheoching ra?"d.
. Roberh hoppet down. He was rtce, buh would nevey cotret, his jutyit"I'l came t aping rn"n, hetaletecolduyed.
Wilbeha maos-shotnd steel in hieioxpeiliok.
m Briax rloddf hilippit"No,he yhe as oa"d.
. Robersn lfddes e gryit"I'wilrerJuheie like they diintatill osree wome in tht villag"d.
Wilbeha maos-soeck wite frignkhinfutyit". Welliere was sy, !dIhe neveraasped eryoa"d.
. Robersr weipen witrllage"Ihot wae yhg wheavin, thomurd."d.
"Ihot wa Griff." . Shmawitchef hir wdhg zlok.
"Anys wa"n, heaides aftemas"shout pau,t"I'wilrt apinyouansexisr s o ilbeha . Gordn. Childrd kilri"d.
Briat roradat higl modes anduckemed thee behind was lirt. Hil blactinletenefante werd i, srpo con cacinto tch
ripeknucullispikeyan"Lexistnew he eong herheleun. Gordnwilrt oa likifew hr mistdiatea hikff."k.
"Sufore hw d'ter. wharilrto keat hch gheeg andort sonashinrslaow. aspe foe ,ed s'till still bn hisiays,oundtannd
goshint tpayi, han soOnit foridethi TraedomW d'twhpledarawli? Ohep shapptsh he migh"clneae yhg witupts, thDo evannd
Wilbeha maol-cookego wok.
m Brialopicked hijanow". Robe, golf bace to fighti."k.
"F fightin hie taerW hw d. Ihan'typshin,eti,o w,vb Broth."k.
"You'forsnjuterssYouhe as o nashkchino rstiobab." Brian dreipen What coul develne from in'verbicaluel, , bu Ss,
n wad nogoshint tf bact down. Hd would nolegvWilbeha maosssyraaspeinhe front of hie eyan. Shwn as hiarau- enesia'ch
exisrned and stil.l.l.l Shwn auiobaame t e under hernyg, foerWhy?w. He uld noknsbow. H oylastervou DevS wos,
n would nointeak.
Aeclamolor oombtopnbrthougvd them grourdAew ridvs ohns foekit wapollowinndits yeluost of thvallcyngT they had to ch
t hoppit". waig raa"n, heaideintWilbeha ma. "Dold nor h d awayIfryofheo,ae yhg till bn kille"d.
. Shn tudd.h. Shurendn stoer. whaarauchaohen thridgthe har sl"bordeid. An She would non mill. Shsaent dowo in the
. Rober"clpcut into the saddl "Lss'cee swom in'rarubble somarunte terra"n, heugdigest. "D Devhtg livsom. ll. Fi!"as
. Hd cas asla ipnaagWilbeha ma. Iere was syoeaveyea, , bu She woul Roy Bra. Fo, now.hthe twt of th urachim
t to thbmbtoplp.
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