Friday, August 31, 2012
Scout's Honor - Chapter 42
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Stealing onto the airship which carried the prince and princess away from the city, our hero discovers the prince drinking wine with the captain!
I ducked out of the light spilling from the cabin and into a doorway. The crewman placed most of the food on the captain's table, speaking to the captain. I understood "princess" and "food." My implant had enough to begin translating! The remaining food was for Callan!
When he left, I followed. Soon, he unlocked a door then stepped inside. I followed, seeing him place the tray on a cot which the princess lay upon. Callan's eyes went wide when I entered, then she kicked the crewman in the stomach. As he gasped for breath, I clouted him with my sword pommel, laying him out.
Callan rose and flowed into my arms. This was not the passionate embrace of a few days ago. It was simply one person seeking comfort from another.
I held her briefly, then said, "Highness, we-"
"Callan," she said. "In private, my guard captain calls me Callan."
"As you wish, Callan," I said. "But time is short. We've got to get you out of here!"
"What about Raoul?" she asked.
What, indeed, I thought, but said, "I'll come back once you're safe."
I retrace my path to the stern of the airship. Leaving Callan hidden, I took a lantern hanging nearby and flashed a signal to the Pauline, almost invisible below us. Nist flashed the reply and I motioned Callan to join me. She blanched when she saw me unwinding my rope.
"I can't, David!" she whispered. "My hands still hurt from before!"
I was already tying the rope into a sling, "Don't worry-"
Lanterns snapped open around us.
Drawing his sword, the captain said, "Looks like we've caught ourselves a pirate, boys!"
Trapped, with nowhere to run, what will our hero do? Find out in Chapter 43, coming Monday!