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“What’s wrong, Malcom?”
Peering back at the donjon, Malcom pulled Elspeth toward Merry Bells, rueful that he would be putting his faithful horse back on the run. “I’ll explain when we’re away.”
“Malcom! You are frightening me!”
“I’ll explain everything when we’re gone,” he said again.
She tried to free her hand from his. “My dress!” she protested. “It was a gift.”
“There’s a coffer full of rich gowns at home that belonged to my grandmother. You may do with them what you will, and if they do not please you, I will buy you a hundred more.”
Still, she struggled to free herself. “But your silver, your hauberk, your blade?”
“I have plenty of silver,” Malcom reassured, refusing to release her. “My armorer will fashion me another. And it was an old dirk; I’ll get myself another.”
“It was not an old dirk,” she argued. “Tis shiny and new and bears the sigil of your house!”
“Our house,” he reminded her. “What is mine is also yours.”
“Wait!” She gasped, sounding alarmed. “My Llanthony tunic, Malcom! We cannot leave it here, or he’ll know.”
They reached Merry Bells and even before he lifted her up to put her on the horse, he untied Merry Bells from the post. Then he grasped Elspeth about the waist and set her atop his saddle, praying Merry Bells was up to the challenge.
“’Tis like he already knows,” he told her. “You must trust me,” he demanded. “As I trusted you.”
About the Author:
Known for stories charged with emotion and humor and filled with flawed characters Tanya is an award-winning author, journalist, and editor, and her novels have garnered reader praise and glowing critical reviews. She and her writer husband split their time between Charleston, SC, where she was raised, and northern Michigan, where the couple make their home.
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