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From Hammer of the Gods. This’ll be the last Braeden bit for a while, so he can get a chance to recover. After being shot in the shoulder and losing consciousness, he wakes up in a hospital tent in the camp of Duke Trystan Martinek, Kendryk’s last remaining ally. Braden’s just woken up and is meeting the duke who rescued him. Slightly edited from the published version. Braeden asks:
“How did you know to look for me?”
“It was the strangest thing,” Martinek said, regarded Braeden with a piercing gaze. “A slip of a girl, riding as though she had demons on her back, came flying into our camp, practically bowling over the pickets. An ensign in Mattila’s cavalry, bearing a white flag.”
Braeden’s mouth dried up as he asked, “Dark hair, dark eyes?”
“Yes, and rather pretty, if you like ‘em skinny and fierce; which I do.”
“Trisa Torresia,” Braeden said, “of the Sanova Hussars. I can’t believe—” he fell back against the pillows, nausea rising again.
“Old friends?” Martinek asked, grinning.
Trisa’s only fifteen, and Braeden’s best friend’s daughter, so he’s a little annoyed she was sent on such a dangerous mission. And Trystan Martinek is only nineteen himself, so isn’t being creepy by thinking she’s cute.
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