Divided Chapter 50He was so close, Fen could hear the even rhythm of his breathing, see in his peripheral vision, his arms, bent at the elbows, loose, relaxed.“Fen...,” Gunnar called to him, “Keep your......pace even.”Fen nodded though he said nothing, just kept running along the marked trail, leaping over the exposed root of a tree, fixing its location in his mind.Gunnar was now even with him, “Save...your strength for....the sprint into.....the arena...”Fen nodded again, grimacing at the stitch that was forming in his side. A bit further and the pain was unbearable.“Side....hurts,” Fen gasped, slowing his stride.“Breathe deep......slow in.....force the air.....out.”Fen shook his head, “Cannot....,”He slowed to a stop, bent double, his hand to his right side, panting as Gunnar circled about, stopping beside him.“You must run through....the pain,” Gunnar clapped him on the shoulder, “The rest of your
Divided Chapter 49Colin appeared in the kitchen doorway just as Beth looked up from her tablet.“Getting out of the line of fire?”“Aye,” Colin walked over to the long worktable, set his mug of tea before him and sat down across from her, “They've both gone quiet now but for all of me, the stony silence is almost worse. I'm going to finish my cuppa then head to the longhouse.”Beth glanced down at her tablet, “Mmm, I'm going to finish up here and get to cleaning the kitchen. Gretten should be back from Cole by then.”Colin stole a look at the tablet, “Yer final paper?”“Yeah,” Beth punched the button atop the tablet once, twice, clucked her tongue, “Darn it.”Colin took a sip of his tea. With everything else going on, Simon's defection, the coming start up of portal two, the games, he was loathe to add another issue to the agenda but Brenna had seen to it that he had no choice when she'd arrived back home a few days ago.