The Inn by Brian S. Converse

Originally published by Lorelei Signal in Oct. 2010, this short is a prequel to a fantasy trilogy that I will be publishing after The Rajani Chronicles.

    Theera ran along the winding pathway, her lungs burning hot and aching with each breath she took. Though it was the middle of the day, the trees of the forest surrounded her and cast everything into deep shadow.   She had a bow in one hand and an arrow in the other, but she couldn't afford to turn and let loose. If she stopped, they would be on her quicker than she could nock the next arrow.  Strapped to her back was a sword that went well with her size; not too heavy, but long enough to be effective in a fight.

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