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From Hammer of the Gods: After many weeks of traveling and squabbling, Braeden and Elektra have finally arrived at General Mattila’s camp. Braeden is hoping he can convince her to help him kill Empress Teodora. After swearing she won’t betray him, Elektra leaves Braeden hidden in the woods while she goes to butter up the general. And betray Braeden. Edited from the published version. Mattila is speaking:
“Braeden Terris has a price on his head; a big one. I’m sure your mother will be more than pleased to pay it out to you, though I’d advise sharing a little with those I send to bring him in.”
The tent-flap burst open once again and a young red-haired woman strode in, then stopped and saluted the general.
“Captain Dura,” the general said, “this is the Archduchess Elektra; she has delivered the traitor Braeden Terris to us.”
The captain bowed to Elektra, but not quickly enough to hide the shock on her face. “Are you certain, Your Grace?” she asked.
“Absolutely,” Elektra said, “and I can tell you where he is, and how to get him.”
“I thought you’d want to do it, Captain,” Mattila said, “after everything he put you through.”
Captain Dura’s green eyes flashed, then she swallowed hard and said, “You’re right. Just tell me where he is and I’ll bring him in, dead or alive.”
The apple doesn’t fall very far, does it? And what did Braeden do to tick off Franca Dura?
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