Okay, readers. The micro-serial that I've been writing for almost exactly a year...is finished. I just completed parts 19 and 20 last night, and I'm done! Below is Part 10. If you've been following along with the installments all along, you'll be happy to know that the action is picking up now...slow burn to a higher-paced finish.
If you haven't read any of these yet, please use the links at the bottom of this post to check out the first 9 parts and start at the beginning--it'll make a lot more sense. They're only 100 words apiece...how long could it possibly take, right?
One more thing: I'm going to post the next ten installments once a day for the next ten days. By December 11th, the whole story will be told. Including her name.
Flight (Part 10 of The Archeress)
Knowing she had only seconds until the guards burst from the cupola, she sprinted along the low wall crowning the roof to where she’d left the rope. It was already anchored to the wall with a breakaway clip; she would drop quickly to the river bank, loose the rope with a shake, and make her way to safety.
As she got within steps, she saw that the rope was gone. Another surprise—far too many today.
“There she is!”
Making a snap decision, she turned and ran directly toward the two guards emerging from the cupola, already lowering their pikes.
Part 1: Preparation
Part 2: Infiltration
Part 3: Eyrie
Part 4: Patience
Part 5: Stirrings
Part 6: Action
Part 7: Decision
Part 8, 9: Discovery, Egress