Friday, May 3, 2013
Scout's Oath - Chapter 26
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Rupor, Raoul, and company are coming to the 'aid' of the queen!
I was staging one heck of a rescue. The queen's suspicions had been aroused when I told her Martin was on our side. Imagine if I tried to convince her that Rupor and Raoul weren't the heroes she thought they were?
Boots pounded closer to our passageway. Explanations would have to wait -- it would take Callan to convince the queen I was the good guy, anyway. Right now, we needed to run.
I grabbed the queen and threw her over my shoulder. Or I tried. The queen stiffened, refusing to bend over my shoulder. I couldn't outrun anyone like this! I lifted the queen's legs, holding her like a wooden board. It was still awkward, but I could run.
The queen beat and scratched at my back, calling, "Help me! A raider has me!"
Our pursuers rounded the corner just in time to see me turn into a side hall.
"There he is!" Rupor yelled. "Save the queen, men!"
Rupor didn't sound believable to me, but the queen kept shouting.
"Quiet, Your Majesty!" I said. "They aren't the friends you think they are!"
"Foolish man, Rupor is my daughter's betrothed!"
"He wishes!" I said. "Look at our pursuers, Majesty. Do you see an older man with wild, gray hair?"
"Don't you recognize him?"
"I don't-" The queen gasped, "Windslow?"
"Yes," I said. "Strange company the princes are keeping, don't you think?"
I took the first side passage I'd seen. It ended in a door.
"I don't know what to think!" the queen said.
"Trust me," I said. "Callan does."
Rupor and company charged into the side passage as I reached the door. Hoping to find stairs, I turned the knob and pushed. The door was stuck fast!
Our hero can't go forward or backward and is trying to help a queen who may not trust him! Can our hero hope to get out this situation? Find out in Chapter 27, coming Monday!