Friday, August 19, 2011

Sweet Saturday

I am participating in the Sweet Saturday Blog Hop hosted by Sweet Saturday Samples. Today's sample is from The Mercenary's Marriage.

            They stopped in the late afternoon near a river, but neither one of them dismounted. Brice longed to stretch her numb legs and aching back, but Darius had other ideas. He guided their mount straight into the river. Brice tensed as the animal’s head lowered to drink. The muscles in her back clenched and she carefully peered down past her feet. Swift-flowing water coursed between the horse’s legs. The animal was standing knee high in the river.
            “We are just stopping for the horses to drink,” Darius said from behind her. The horse slurped loudly to emphasize the obvious. A heavy silence fell between them. Brice looked around. Other horses were similarly occupied, but none were as far from shore as them.
            Darius sighed. “I was going to wait until tonight to do this, but since we must wait for the horses….” He shifted his weight and used the arm that had been around her waist to reach for something. Brice panicked. Curling her fingers around the front edge of the saddle, she prayed desperately the beast would not move. All it would take was a small nudge and she would fall right into the river. “There it is,” her companion muttered. “Hold still.” 
            Rough leather covered fingers encircled the left side of her neck. Brice shivered and forgot about her fear of falling. What is he doing? Her throat closed and she considered screaming. Who would stop him? No one would. He could do as he willed with her. She was his property. A glint in her peripheral vision was the only warning she was given before cold metal touched her throat.
The Mercenary's Marriage



8 comments:

Jennifer Lowery (Kamptner) said...

Love the title and the sample! Great last line. Can't wait to see what happens next.

Lindsay said...

Love the suspense at the end

Joyce DiPastena said...

Whoa, that's a chilling end! I hope Brice survives to see another Saturday Sample! ;-)

Lia Davis said...

Great sample. Love the suspense.

Meg Mims said...

OOOOOoooh! Now I'm wondering if it's a metal collar or a knife. Hmmm. Great sample!

Debbie Brown said...

Nice to find myself in a river on this hot evening. Very refreshing; thank you!

diannehartsock said...

Oh. I didn't see that coming. Maybe it's a necklace? I hope it's not something that hurts her.

Rachel Rossano said...

Thank you all for stopping by. I appreciate all the support. :)