Sunday Excerpt — August 11, 2013

I’m continuing with snippets from Song and Sword, picking up where I left off last week, with Marlia having just regained consciousness in a stranger’s camp, cocooned in blankets, and minus her blouse which had not survived her fight or Pashevel’s tending of her wounds.

“I’m sorry,” she said as she calmed. “I – I …”

“I know,” he said softly.   “I saw what happened and I expected you to be afraid, but I give you my word, I did nothing untoward.”  

“You saw what happened?  You just watched?   Why didn’t you help me?”

“I give you my word, my lady, had I been there, I would have stepped in, would have protected you.” 

The gentleness and honesty in his voice deflected her anger and she stared at him, puzzled.  “But you said you saw it.  Are you a Seer, then?”

“A Seer? No, not I.  I am but a simple Bard.”  He smiled. “Your unicorn showed me.”


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16 responses to “Sunday Excerpt — August 11, 2013

  1. A simple Bard. Who talks to unicorns. Right.

    i like this guy. :D

  2. He’s not a seer, but converses with unicorns? This sounds like an interesting guy. Great 8!

  3. sharonbuchbinder

    “Your unicorn showed me.” But of course. We all talk to the unicorns. Silly woman. Love it!

  4. “A unicorn showed me.” Really? But in literature as in love everything’s possible. Love the snippet!

  5. Oh a unicorn, I have mixed feelings about unicorns. Now where did the unicorn go?

  6. Nice ending! Leaves one wanting more!

    • Well, yes, actually, she is. But in this world that has nothing to do with unicorns choosing their riders. (There is a discussion about that much later in the book.) He has a unicorn, too — I just didn’t include a snippet that introduces her.

  7. Her bard sounds like a chivalrous and noble man.

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