Western Watch — Chapter 20

Hurry, damn, it. They’re coming.  In seconds a thousand clan hooves will be pounding up to Little Westhold!             Merreth looks up sharply and peers along the road.  No clan. Of course, if they were on the road there’d be Read More …

Western Watch — Chapter 19

Merreth’s mount stamps its foot and snorts. She leans forward and rubs its neck.  A bead of sweat rolls down her cheek, drips onto the saddle horn, and vanishes.  It’s is well past mid-afternoon and the air is stone still Read More …

Western Watch — Chapter 16

“They’re just standing around basking in the sun?” asks Charadell.  “How many?”             The scout, young and blonde, sits on her horse and shrugs.  “About sixty, Domina, and yes, that’s exactly what they seem to be doing.  There’s one in Read More …

Western Watch — Chapter 15

The morning sun beats down as four hundred mounted nobles of the Domina’s column canter down the road.  The clank of sword and lance overlay the steady drumbeat of hooves on packed dirt.    Dust, oiled steel, and leather smells fill Read More …