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Fragmant – Glint Pt.2

February 2, 2012

Their force was small, merely a dozen, but they may as well as been tens of thousands for the effect they had on the local people. The roads and countryside were empty. A small, but grand oaken bridge sat in front of them as they emerged from the thick cover of trees beside the highway. The late afternoon was coming quickly, and then following that a gray twilight would come followed by night in nearly one single breath. Despite the hour, there were no guards, and the royal green guard box of the Cascadan empire stood empty. It was still all around, but with no feeling or sign of ambush. They rattled forward.

At the foot of the crossing of the creek two pikes stood in defiance and warning. The blood pooled on the ground below them was fresh. A black drop stretched from the severed neck, hung a moment and finally fell. The eyes on the two heads were carefully placed, staring straight towards those about to cross the bridge. Their mouths had been stretched and pinned into horrific smiles. The long gray moustache of one man was decorated with bright red tassels. A mockery meant for him. If Guus could have been wounded further, it would have cut deep. But this blow changed nothing. It actually made things simpler. Now he did not have to consider the complexities of rescuing Tomas and Bernie. He would just have to bury them and it would be good practice. It was not nearly the last he was planning.

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