Monday, August 20, 2012
Scout's Honor - Chapter 37
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The last of Princess Callan's Royal Guard, crash-landed Terran Scout David Rice must find a way out of the sewers and take the princess to safety!
I forced myself to look around as Princess Callan wept over Rob's body. I could hear the tammar's cry and human screams echoing from several tunnels. No one was about. It was time to make our escape.
I said, "Highness, we've got to go."
Sobbing, she shook her head.
"Highness... Callan, he gave his life for you," I said. "If we don't go now, his sacrifice will be wasted."
"I won't leave him, David," she said.
I sensed motion and leaped to my feet, Rob's sword ready. Prince Raoul slid down the rope, his hands tied to.
"A little help?" he said.
I cut his bonds, saying, "Carry Rob's body. I'll carry her highness."
A look of irritation flashed across Raoul's face. Perhaps he didn't like commoners giving him orders, but he lifted Rob's body as I gathered Callan in my arms.
"We should hurry," he said. "I saw one of Bane's men up there."
I nodded and set off in a direction I thought would lead to a way up. We ran, dodging panicked underworlders. Several wrong turns and several close escapes led us to a tunnel sloping up. It intersected the wide tunnel Rob and I had run through a few minutes and a lifetime ago. Soon, we reached the ladder up. With encouragement, Callan began climbing. I took Rob's body from Raoul, sending him up next. I followed as quickly as my burden would allow. Seconds later, I was blinking in the comparatively bright light of the alley.
"How generous of you to fetch my property!" said a familiar voice.
Bane and his crew blocked our way to the street.
How will our heroes get past rogue Terran Scout Martin Bane? Find out in Chapter 38, coming Wednesday!