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air, passing several people without noticing them. His mates were ate their favorite tavern as usual, but he had no desire to join them.
He was thinking about Kate and how he would see her again. He could not ask her to follow him around from camp to camp, but there was no telling when he would be near here again.
A strong hand closed around his mouth while an arm around his waist pulled him into an alley behind the main street. For an instant, Samuel thought it was Stanley and tried to free his mouth, but a blow to his stomach by a second person took his breath. Another blow brought him to his knees, gasping for any air at all. One of his attackers took him by the hair and pulled his head up.
Samuel could see only a dark outline of a face before him, a black shape silhouetted by the dim glow of starlight. A throaty voice hissed at him.
"Tell Kate we want the letter or we'll kill you both. Do you hear me?"
Kate! What could her connection be to these thugs? Samuel did not have time to consider an answer before the toe of a boot crushed against his ribs. He sprawled on the ground, pain stabbing through his body. Another blow to the ribs was all that he felt before consciousness drifted away.
Posted May 5, 2011
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