Tuesday...Thursday...whatever! Sorry - it has been a busy week. I do have some nice new furniture, though, which includes a new recliner for me. I might do a lot of writing from there. :)
Enjoy the teaser! It kind of sets the tone for the chapter, I think...
I grabbed up the ropes they brought to me and made quick work of Jessica’s arms while Jasper – his eyes still staring blankly as he tried to prepare himself for what he knew would come – tied ropes to her ankles. Once she was tied tightly, the end of each rope was given to a different soldier, who walked solemnly to one of the horses. Each horse faced a different direction, and as the soldiers tied the ropes to the saddles, I grabbed Jessica by her middle.
She struggled, kicked and screamed at me, but I ignored her. I held her flat with my palms underneath her back until the soldiers had walked the horses far enough away for me to release my grip without her body falling to the ground.
“There you go – stop now,” I called out, and the soldiers steadied each of the horses. “Hold them still.”
I stepped up to one side of Jessica and looked down at her. She was completely suspended in the air now, with each of her splayed limbs holding up the rest of her body. At the end of the line, each horse stood with the rope secured on the saddle and a soldier standing with sword drawn. At my signal, they would know exactly what to do.
“Do you realize,” I asked as I leaned over her, “exactly what will happen to you if I send the horses into a run?”
Yeah...that's going to be messy...