By the Sword (Kerowyn's Tale) by Mercedes Lackey

By Mercedes Lackey

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What makes it any better if I kill him with my own hands, or do it from a distance? It wasn’t better, of course And he hurt and killed my people. Maybe even somebody I knew. She steeled herself, steadied her hands, and forced herself to clean the blade on his tunic. He could have chosen an honest living. He’s helping keep Dierna captive. He had a choice, he made it. And I’m making mine. She went back on hands and knees and eased through the brush toward the camp, making as little sound as possible.

If a sword has a nose. Tarma took a deep breath, quite well aware that her oathbound sister was waiting for some kind of reaction. “She’s neither fighter nor mage. ” Kethry wheeled her mare and got her head pointed toward the tunnel. “Whatever it has to. Protect her from magic, make her fight like a hellcat. Probably more than that, things I didn’t know it could do. ” Tarma considered that for a moment. “In that case, I’d better get on my way. ” When Kethry didn’t move, Tarma frowned. ” The sorceress grimaced.

And what else does this thing do that I don’t know about? What if it turns me into some kind of monster? But her grandmother trusted it. There’s no reason not to trust it, I guess, she thought, as a cramp seized her leg. She stopped and eased her leg out straight, waiting for a moment until it went away. But I can’t help but wonder how much Grandmother really knew about it. Maybe it hid things from her, too. A cheerful thought. Just then she reached the edge of a drop-off, with a screening of brush at the edge.

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