Monday, December 5, 2011

The Archeress, Part 14

Ambush  (Part 14 of The Archeress)

It was the smell that made her freeze.  There was a waft of odor that didn’t…belong…in the forest.  She crouched and closed her eyes, reaching out.
When the arrow came, she heard it leave the bow.  Rolling to her right, she felt it ruffle her still-free hair.  Knocking an arrow, she sighted along the shot’s vector, and…there!  The slightest hint of unnatural outline.  She loosed, and was immediately rewarded with a cry and crash.
As she approached where he lay face-up on the path, his eyes widened in fear.
“You attacked upwind, Chagga.  Have you never listened to my instruction?”

Previous Installments:
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
Part 10:  Flight
Part 11:  Combat
Part 12:  Evasion
Part 13:  Suspicion

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