Usually I pick a teaser from the middle of the chapter, but this week is a little different for a couple of reasons. I know I left you at a nasty, nasty spot there with the last chapter, so I'm going to give you the very first part of the next chapter. Also, I've been eluding to the change of tone in the story, and figured this would make what I meant pretty obvious. :)
I thought I knew pain.
With my throat full of choking dust I pushed myself from the ground. The throbbing in the back of my head seemed to overshadow any real thought for several minutes while I tried to collect my wits about me. Every muscle was tensed for the fight, and I was not entirely sure if I was still under attack or not. I flailed at nonexistent hands surrounding me, shaking my head and taking a step away from the bodies that were far too close for my liking. They lay all over the ground, and I felt as though they were boxing me in and making it difficult to focus.
My head spun and I stumbled. When I reached to the back of my head I winced, and my fingers became sticky from the blood caked in my hair as my mind flashed with recent memories.
My sword impaled the large man with the dented breastplate up underneath his armor, and then I was hit from behind…
I stumbled again as dizziness and nausea swept over me, dropped to my knees, and was sick. I wiped my mouth with the back of my hand, finding blood there to go with the sting of pain in my lips. Once my stomach had purged itself I could focus better. My fingers reached out to get the leverage to rise again, but they hit something, and I forced myself to see the face of the body beside me.
My page lay on his side with his short sword only a few feet from his stiff, cold hand. I swallowed past the lump in my throat and used both hands to bring myself back to my knees. I lifted my head to see the carriage standing horseless in the middle of the road.
In a rush it all came back to me, and I screamed.
Yep. THAT kind of tone change.
See why I was all vague about an EPOV outtake? :)
Chapter is coming along well, so I should be able to update on time!