What Amis Saw
I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.
Unseen by the war band or the riders on the shimerith, Amis watched from among the trees.
“Sem,” Amis whispered to himself.
It was Sem on that creature.
In his mind’s eye he saw the plummeting figures of Sambeth and Rija hit the waters of the lagoon and replayed Sem’s efforts to revive the unconscious girl. A great fear rose in his chest. If Sem fell, there was no water beneath and no rescuers standing by.
The men sidled beside him and looking up, gasped in a mixture of awe and dread. All three pairs of eyes watched the Fallen One zero in on his prey.
“I can’t watch,” Amis said, his voice faint.
“You must,” Reuben was firm, “Noesh must hear it from you. Whatever the outcome.”
The shimerith swooped above them.
“He has her. Sem is falling.”
Droplets of sweat beaded on Amis’s forehead. He held himself utterly still, following the drama in the sky.
He tore his eyes away to examine the war band. They were led by an immense blond figure. It must be the Earthborn, Altor. He was on a great black beast and shouting loudly at the Fallen One hovering in the sky. Proximus could not hear his son’s warning. Altor gave a howl of rage when the knife flashed in Sem’s hand. When the shimerith attacked his father, he fell silent never taking his eyes off the sky.
“The Fallen One let them go,” Reuben said softly. He looked at Amis, his eyes alight, “can we still get into Tetrahin before that war band?”
Amis turned from the scene of confused men in front of them.
“There is one way,” he said, “known only to Noesh and I but we must hurry before Tetrahin is completely surrounded.”
Reuben turned smouldering eyes on him, “It depends just how much that traitor, Rian, told them.”
Amis said nothing. Rian was just a pawn in Queen Norea’s plot. He couldn’t bring himself to exonerate Rian to these men and implicate his own mother as a kin traitor.
“Rian definitely doesn’t know about this entrance,” he was emphatic.
Amis scanned the sky again. That mighty creature had disappeared, carrying away Sambeth and Sem. He wondered where it was taking them. Now there was a war band, a giant Earthborn and a singed Fallen One to thwart if those at Tetrahin were to be saved.
With a final look over their shoulders, the three men turned their horses away and melted into the forest.
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