Speed

As the sun rose, Kroll brought his detachment to a halt. The men stood and watched their leader. Some took dried meat out of bags and ate. Others drank water. Kroll knelt down and ran his gloved fingers… Read More

Stealth

Traders moved carts aside and the elite warriors strolled through, staring with hate-filled eyes. More soldiers patrolled the edge of the swamp, stabbing swords into clumps of grass. They neared the boy’s position and a warrior thrust steel… Read More

Hatred

Ned moved through the waters at the edge of dry land, away from the pathway. He hid in the swamp and silently looked at the hordes of men in the open land ahead. Merchants had amassed carts near… Read More

Realisation

Kroll spread a map over the large rock.

Weighing Up

Kroll sat on a rock in a small clearing. Sunlight pierced the canopy above as he waited for an outlaw leader. His men were spread out, hiding in the undergrowth. Movement came from Kroll’s left. No noise, but… Read More

Cannot Be Broken

In the morning, breakfast was brought over to Ned. His eyes were puffy and the side of his face swollen. Dried blood marked a cut above an eye. The boy ate his food quietly and squeezed the bridge… Read More

Grit

As dawn approached, they packed their gear up and formed into a line. Kroll ordered his soldiers to move out in a rough voice. They ran across the plain, trampling over the dwindling heather as woodland rose ahead…. Read More

Determination

A steely expression swept over Ned’s face. The heather was thinning out to scrubland and Kroll brought his column of soldiers to a run. Within hours, they were on the edge of hills and interconnecting valleys. Rather than… Read More

Stubborn

After a food stop, the troop formed into a line and began to run. Ned was toward the back and, with the weight lifted from around his neck, he did well. The boy kept up with the men… Read More

Strong

In the morning, Big Nose attached the chain to his wrist and sneered. “Let’s see if you can keep up with me, scum.”