Divided Chapter 55The morning had started out freezing cold but now as they stood outside the city limits at the edge of the palace fields, now barren rows of soil waiting for spring's planting, he began to warm up aided by Brenna.
“Pace yourself, remember what Gunnar told you,” she rubbed his arms briskly, “Do not expend all your energy at the start of the race for it is a test of endurance not speed. Save your final push for the finish line.”
“I will,” Fen looked at her, “Thanks Bren.”
“Thanks for what? I expect you to come in dead last,” she smiled at him, “Worms are notoriously slow.”
Fen shook his head, glanced behind him at their father, who gave him a quick wink.
A loud blat pierced the air and Fen pulled from Brenna's grasp, “They are lining up, I must go.”
“Good luck worm.”
They watched him race to where the other men were assembling at the starting line.
“Gunnar tells me he is fast.”
Divided Chapter 54She let out a long deep sigh, sinking further into the hot water of the copper tub. Ingrid had helped her settle the children into bed, Brenna was reading quietly in the sitting room having returned from visiting Chase at the encampment. Since the beginning of the games, she had taken advantage of her father's absence to pay Chase daily visits until finally Eidra had given her a choice.
“Go to the games one day in the very least. Watch your father. Represent the family as the eldest child and I shall pretend ignorance of your comings and goings.”
Brenna had happily agreed, riding off to the city on Blackberry early the next morning while Eidra saddled Sally's horse, Lilac and headed in the direction of the encampment. Her arrival startled the guard at the front gates so thoroughly, he dropped his radio twice before he was able to call for his superior, Agent Kenworth who looked nervously about the encampment as she stated her wish to speak with Chase Wells.
“Ah, the b
Divided Chapter 53Simon awoke with a start and for a moment he thought he was safe in his cot back at the encampment, then Lelia stirred beside him. He turned over onto his back to stare up at the low rafters of the ceiling, warm, dim light dappling the thatch with dancing shadows. He rose on his elbows to peer out the window across the small bedchamber, just barely able to see the flames from the torch in one corner, sure if he sat up, he'd be able to see the top knot of the guard posted just outside.
The front door to the little cottage was similarly guarded, the residents having given up their home temporarily to house the prisoners of Clan Fiodoir. Andra, the woman who, along with her band of warriors, had discovered their camp in the woods had seen to it they were well treated, fed, given fresh changes of clothes and water with which to wash off the dirt of the road. In fact she became a rather gracious hostess once back in her village though they were warned to stay in the cottage until she came f
Divided Chapter 52So caught up was Fen with stealing furtive glances with Lisle, his father was standing before him, a bemused look on his face.
“The ceremonies are concluded. It is time for the festivities. Will you sit here alone in the empty arena until dawn?”
“Forgive me, Father. I was...,” and to his horror, he could form no excuse swiftly enough in his head, “I was.....,”
“Indeed you were. Your mother was quite aware of this fact. Up with you now, let us take our place behind Thor and Jane.”
Fen, his cheeks flushed scarlet, stood from his chair, moving to walk beside Brenna who had made her way to the box at the end of the ceremony and was now judiciously avoiding their father's hard stare.
Dropping a bit behind the others, Fen elbowed Brenna, “Where were you?”
“I was sitting in the stands with Chase, why?”
Fen gestured ahead of them, “Father was looking for you. He said you should have been in the royal box with the fam