Tuesday, January 29, 2013

To Catch a Butterfly ~ The Conclusion

Just click on the links for PART 1, PART 2 and PART 3.

The men let out war cries as the animals roared to life. In the chaos January could only make out pieces of flesh and fur. She dove for her dagger as Garnet tackled Lord Brovaka. Trusting he'd be ok, she rushed to help some rabbits nearby who were clawing and biting their way up a soldier's leg.

The battle raged on for what felt like hours as January aided one furry friend after another. She kept an eye out for Garnet, but couldn't make him out in the sea of battle. Then she saw them. Garnet and Lord Brovaka were on top of the very cliff Garnet stood upon to announce his arrival.

Surrounded by bears and wolves, she let herself watch the two men fight. They were dangerously close to the edge of the cliff. Garnet needed her help. She rushed up the side of the hill, just in time to see Garnet slip over the edge, Lord Brovaka laughing.

Rage tore through her body, a fierce cry escaped her lips as she flung the dagger. Lord Brovaka turned just in time to see the dagger enter his chest.

"No," he whispered. "I cannot die at the hands of a mere woman." He dropped to his knees.

January approached, bending to meet his shocked stare. "There is no such thing as a 'mere woman'" she said before the light faded from Lord Brovaka's eyes.

January stood up tall and peered over the cliff, afraid of what she would see. A sigh of relief escaped as her heart started beating again upon seeing Garnet standing at the bottom, dirty, but unharmed.

"Your captain is dead!" January yelled over the battle field. One by one the men and animals stopped fighting to see if what she said was true. "Leave now and we will spare your lives."

It didn't take the men long to head her warning.

January slid down the mountain to Garnet's side. "I have never been so happy to see a digger. Thank you for your help, Garnet. I am forever in your debt."

Garnet smiled. "Thank you, Lady January, but I am no longer a digger. I hunt for a more elusive creature."

January grimaced. "I know I said I was forever in your debt, but how can you hunt after these animals came to your side to fight?"

"It's not an animal I hunt," said Garnet. Grabbing January around the waist he kissed her. Her mind conflicted with her heart as it told her to fight him off. But it was as if his lips were met to touch hers and she gave into his passionate embrace.

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