By Patricia C. Wrede
In the magic woods of Lyra, a noblewoman struggles to flee from a faceless man
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But when he does, you want to promise to smuggle a few pastry as much as me after he locks me in my room. I don’t brain lacking supper, yet no longer Ceron’s pies! ” Maurin grinned again at Alethia. “But what if he locks me in, too? ” “Oh, Father could by no means do that,” Alethia acknowledged with mock seriousness. “You are a visitor. ” “Then you might have set my fears at rest,” Maurin stated, and bowed with a flourish. “Are you prepared to begin, then? ” Maurin nodded, and Alethia waved towards a moment rack propped up opposed to the wall of the reliable. This one held red-handled daggers, and on nearer exam they proved to be enormously well-made and balanced for throwing. Maurin tossed one within the air, having fun with the sensation of caliber. “They are strong daggers, aren’t they? ” Alethia acknowledged with a few delight. “Har introduced them from Col Sador the final time he rode protect. ” “No ask yourself they're so well-balanced! ” Maurin acknowledged as he rose, maintaining the rack. “Where is your objective? ” Alethia nodded towards the top of the alley. somebody, most likely Har, had mounted a wide board in place opposed to the stone of the outer wall. On it the sq., circle, and diamond shapes have been drawn approximately yet essentially. Maurin nodded. For a couple of moments they took turns making perform throws, and Maurin came across the red-handled daggers simply nearly as good as he had anticipated. Then the sport begun. They flipped a coin for the 1st throw, and Alethia misplaced. Maurin stepped to the throwing line and, with the convenience of lengthy perform, introduced his arm down. The dagger flew in an ideal arc, handing over midair to strike point-first at one of many 4 intersections among the 3 figures. Alethia nodded in appreciation and advanced to take her flip. the golf green dagger positioned itself completely within the subsequent intersection, and Maurin raised an eyebrow in shock. Alethia used to be greater than he had anticipated, until it were a fortunate throw. the sport went on, and it quickly grew to become transparent that Alethia used to be not likely to be effortless to defeat. Maurin used to be hardly ever a beginner participant, yet Alethia matched his throws with an ease that stunned him, and she or he was once no suggest strategist. They reached the ultimate throw, and Maurin paused to review the board. The development of crimson and eco-friendly used to be approximately entire. rigorously, he aimed and put his final dagger. It flew real and reasonable, and Maurin smiled. The development of crimson was once entire. eco-friendly may possibly top it by way of finishing its trend, for Alethia had selected a more challenging layout, yet her ultimate dagger must be put virtually on best of Maurin’s final throw. If Alethia knocked the purple dagger from the board, she might lose. Alethia stepped as much as the throwing line. She frowned a little bit, then in one, fluid movement she raised her arm and threw. the golf green dagger got here to relaxation a hairsbreadth from the crimson, quivering somewhat, and Alethia smiled. “What a throw! ” Maurin exclaimed in real admiration. “Har must have warned me. you've got gained, i feel. ” “Har doesn’t wish to admit that he might be crushed by way of his more youthful sister,” Alethia acknowledged, smiling. “If you usually throw like that, I can’t think why,” Maurin acknowledged.
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