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Serpent Daughter – Snippet 26

Serpent Daughter - Snippet 26 "Did I plant this Ashtar?" Nothing. "Did this Ashtar grow here because of some deed of mine? Was this Ashtar caused to grow by some object I once owned? Did a spell of mine cause this Ashtar to grow?" Nothing. Luman hesitated. "Does the serpent goddess want me to do something with this Ashtar?" Nothing. Luman shook his head in frustration. What could it be? "Have I seen this Ashtar in some other form?" The rod bobbed. "Did I see its seed? Did I see its fruit? Did I see its planting?" Nothing. Luman looked down...

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line – Snippet 28

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line - Snippet 28 Chapter 15 Port-of-Spain, Trinidad Morning started for Hugh O'Donnell with the face of his aide and old friend Aodh O'Rourke scowling down at him. "A fine example to your men, sleeping away half the morning," was how the veteran aide-de-camp said "good morning." before howling for drums and coronets to awaken the Wild Geese mercenaries that were travelling with them. In actuality, the middle watch had not ended long before, but the east was already gray and Port-of-Spain would soon be aware of the...

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line – Snippet 27

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line - Snippet 27 Chapter 14 Nezpique Bayou, Louisianna After motoring two and a half miles along the winding Nezpique Bayou, Templeton pointed up through a gap in the canopy. "There. Smoke. Up ahead." "Smoke?" Eckdahl echoed. "A camp?" Quinn shook his head. "More like an invitation, I think. Karl, nice and slow now. Winkelman, you keep that lever-gun lower and relax." "Sir," said the big soldier from Jena, "will they even know what this weapon is, since they have not --?" "Winkelman, firstly, they may not know what a...

Serpent Daughter – Snippet 25

Serpent Daughter - Snippet 25 The strange child-man body that carried the Lord Protector within it looked frail and short, but the voice that came out was an aural attack. Thou shalt not require thy sword, my son. I have a wedding gift for thee. Thomas nodded, unsure whether he should feel dread or relief. "Direct me." Kneel. Give me thy hands. Thomas did as instructed. Cavendish stepped back, breathing hard. Temple Franklin showed admirable self-control, but he watched closely. Ezekiel Angleton grinned like a wolf. The Lord Protector took...

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line – Snippet 26

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line - Snippet 26 In hindsight, he might have been able to make it out of Galveston Bay under sail alone, but in the event that the wind became fickle at just the moment she was running a gauntlet between two close sandbars, Haraldsen had wisely decided that it was essential to reserve a measure of coal to ensure reaching open water. Once there, the wind would allow them to make way, even if Courser's bunkers were empty. As it was, yesterday's signal reported that they had indeed used more than half of their remaining...

Serpent Daughter – Snippet 24

Serpent Daughter - Snippet 24 The warden frowned. "You've come to free them all?" Then realization spread across his face like a sudden dawn. "No. Those you don't free, you will hang." Yaas. As a first step. Ezekiel Angleton's voice broke into Thomas's mind like the crackle of dried leaves, or the snapping of an autumn bonfire. The warden straightened his back, rising from a question mark into an exclamation point. "Then I must tender my resignation immediately." "You didn't build the gallows, I take it," Franklin said. Never mind, Ezekiel...

Serpent Daughter – Snippet 23

Serpent Daughter - Snippet 23 "I cannot decide if you are the empire's best bootlicker, or its worst." Chapter Five "Virgo rises in the spring, yes," Temple Franklin said. "But Virgo rises every spring. Surely, with the influence of Mars collected to your benefit . . ." "Shut up, Franklin," Thomas Penn said. "Am I mistaken?" "Virgo rises with the equinox, Temple. The equinox was six weeks ago. She is risen, so to speak. Shall I now wait until the next equinox, to see her setting?" "I defer to Your Imperial Majesty." Temple doffed his hat, a...

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line – Snippet 25

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line - Snippet 25 Larry's definitive reply was two-fold. Firstly, contacting the indigenous people was a crucial part of the mission because Grantville had made its cooperation with oil extraction contingent upon recognizing the innate and inalienable rights of the peoples who were native to those lands. Secondly, Larry was in charge and had the letter -- with Gustav's seal -- to prove it. Captain Haraldsen ceded to that authority with about as much grace as could be expected; in other words, some anger but not...

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