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The Adventures of Larson and Garrett - A People Defiled By AaronDennis Characters: 5045

Updated: 2018-01-08 12:03


"Are you sure?" he whispered.

Cicatriz nodded, saying, "I am sorry, Jim."

"How did she die, " Larson asked. "Did anyone else die?"

"I do not know, " the old guard answered, "but the ogres did not kill her…her throat has been slit. Men, quickly, check the tents!"

"What is this? Her throat, slit?" Gonzalo gasped.

"Thomas, " Larson growled. "Thomas! Where are you?!"

As he darted about in a mad flurry, Garrett ran after him. Catching him by a bend in the trail around a jagged rock formation, the fencer took him by the wrist. Larson spun around to make eye contact; his teeth were clenched and bared.

"Surely, he ran off, an assassin using the ogres as a cover, " Garrett surmised.

"Assassin?" Larson was incredulous. He thought about the members of White Wraith they recently fought; some of them had been executed in a similar fashion. "I don't like the sound of that…."

"Two more dead, Sir, " Cicatriz yelled from a tent.

"The same way?" Gonzalo yelled back.

"Yes!"

"Where is Thomas?" someone demanded.

Larson and Garrett traded a look of shame, of despair; times such as those revealed their mortality, their unstoppable enemy—death. The warrior smashed the flat of his axe blade against stone. Garrett haphazardly patted his friend's shoulder.

"Let's go back, " he suggested.

Larson nodded, and they trotted back to the others. Lyalla approached them, tugging at her blouse; she had yet to button the top. The warrior cast a glance her way, and Garrett started do

nd his lips trembled at the corners.

"We don't know any more than you do, " Lyalla finally replied. "I understand you regret the loss of lives…we all do, but like your guard, we are simply here to fight, to defend, even if tonight we did not do our job very well, and for that, I am sorry."

"You all did your best, " the old merchant muttered. "It is Thomas's fault; who he is and why he has done this may remain a mystery, but I am also concerned over this business of the dead ogres; someone else is tailing us, " he smacked his lips in disgust.

"Perhaps it would be wise to turn back, " Garrett suggested.

"No." The old merchant scowled. "If we turn back, we are bowing down to the dangers of trade, and then what, we cut off trading forever? The city guards will not help us. Where are they? We have seen no patrol…no one has along these paths for weeks. We have a job to do; to bring supplies to those in need, and I intend to finish the job if only to prove the goodwill of honest trade.

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