Tornmile: Part 52

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Tornmile Part LII: Out of the Frying Pan Seren felt the rock scrape against her back, tearing her tunic and biting into her flesh. The impact of the water had separated her from Johreel and though she twisted to look for him, silt kicked up from the seabed obscured her vision. The undertow pulled at … Continue reading

Tornmile: Part 50

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Tornmile Part L: The Golden Hawk Mishak pushed the girl ahead of him out into the large square that sprawled before the mansions of the city’s Northern district. The bland name belay the expense of the buildings and the nobility that lived there, but now was not a time for musing on the vanity of … Continue reading

Tornmile: Part 44

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Tornmile Part XLIV: Honourable Scum Mishak tapped his mug on the ring stained bar to call for a refill and waited for the serving girl to get to him. She was a pretty young woman with dark hair falling about her face in waves, tousled and wild in places. Her eyes were light – mostly … Continue reading

Tornmile: Part 41

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Tornmile Part XLI: Questions & Answers The sound of horses’ hooves echoed around the courtyard, announcing the arrival of Dunstan Ferrer to the safe house. Mishak sat on the edge of the hayloft looking down into the stable, just as he had been since Marthe left to fetch Ferrer. Mishak had considered moving the bodies … Continue reading

Tornmile: Part 36

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Tornmile Part XXXVI: A Calling Card Mishak ran a thumb down the axe head as he and Marthe walked down the streets of the Tanneries, mid-morning sun causing them to squint to see properly. The axe weighed down at his side, but it was more comforting than the short sword had been: that now rested … Continue reading

Tornmile: Part 34

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Tornmile Part XXXIV: New Allies As the cart passed into the tunnel and approached the gate, Mishak looked sideways at Marthe. He felt a frown cross his face and hoped that she would not turn and see it, though the single torch added no light to the meagre amount from the sun outside. She confounded … Continue reading

Tornmile: Part 33

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Tornmile Part XXXIII: Shadows of the Past Mishak moved through the trees listening to the sounds of the forest; somewhere above him the leaves rustled as a bird flexed its wings and further away he could hear the snuffle of some creature in the undergrowth. He puzzled over what it could be. A badger? No, … Continue reading

Tornmile: Part 28

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Tornmile Part XXVIII: Tokens “It means you have to die.” Mishak and Marthe left their seats at the same time, but it was Mishak who got to the man first, bringing the short sword round and knocking the curved dagger from his hands in one deft blow. It clattered against the fireplace and fell to … Continue reading

Tornmile: Part 27

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Tornmile Part XXVII: Fox & Dagger There was silence after the man’s pronouncement, but Mishak could feel Marthe shift slightly behind him. The wound in his side ached and he thought that Marthe’s stitching might have come undone again. She hadn’t been pleased that the stitches on his shoulder had pulled free and though mending … Continue reading

Tornmile: Part 25

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Tornmile Part XXV: The End of the Chase Johreel strode across the rooftops that encircled the small courtyard, keeping his profile low. He had discarded the cloak once his work with Ferrer’s men was done, returning to the cowl made from fabric woven around his head. It left a veil which he could pull across … Continue reading

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