Friday, January 26, 2007
New Beginning 200!
It is irresponsible to place oneself in distressing situations without proper training.
There are few things more embarrassing than dangling over the shoulder of a swaggering highwayman. If Rachel wasn’t a professional, she would have knocked him out the moment he grabbed her. Instead, she had to content herself by pounding him on the back and kicking her legs. He grunted in response to her blows, and tossed her onto his horse. “One more scream out of you, lady, and I’ll cut out your tongue,” he told her, wrapping a firm arm around her waist.
“You wouldn’t dare,” Rachel whispered in response, lifting her chin. “My father would have your head for it.”
“Your father isn’t here,” he used his free hand to stroke her cheek, “and your escort is dead.”
It is foolish to embark upon a journey improperly attired.
Rachel pushed the assailant’s hand away from her cheek and corrected her skirts. The cruel winter air bit at her skin, and she thanked the heavens he had not taken hold of her muff. “You are despicable, sir,” she hissed.
“Indeed,” the man replied; and with a grunt, he mounted the mare from behind. The horse nickered uncomfortably and shifted its feet.
Rachel could feel his warm breath on her neck as he leant forward to take up the reins. Her muscles were tense, and her heart beat out a tattoo. “This road is patrolled by the king’s men,” she said defiantly. “How far do you intend to go?”
“All the way,” he replied. “I know of a passage, narrow, dark and well-hidden, by way of which I shall take you.” The highwayman spurred his horse to a gallop, and Rachel could feel the point of his weapon brushing dangerously against her hip.
“Sir, I must warn you, anything you do to me shall incur a heavy price.”
It is unwise for the professional to commence a service until contractual matters have been agreed.
Opening: Luney.....Continuation: ril