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SNOW fell in streams of icy white. It chilled to the bone, but she didn’t
curse it. It would blind any who pursued, and cover the trail. The bitter
white cold was a blessing.
Her heart was broken, and her body nearly done. But she could not,
would not yield. Rhys spoke to her, a spirit whisper in her mind that urged
her to be strong.
She did not weep for his death. The tears, a woman’s tears for the man
she loved, were frozen inside her. She did not cry out against the pain,
though the pain was great. She was more than a woman. More even than a
She was a queen.
Her mount plowed through the snow, surefooted and loyal. As loyal, she
knew, as the man who rode in silence beside her. She would need the
loyalty of the faithful Gwayne, for she knew what was coming, what she
could not stop. Though she hadn’t seen her beloved Rhys’s death, she knew
the instant the usurper’s sword had struck him down. So inside her cold and
shattered heart she was prepared for what was to come.
She bit back a moan as the pain tore through her, breathed fast through
her teeth until it eased again and she could say what needed to be said to
“You could not have saved him. Nor could I.” Tears stung her eyes and
were viciously willed away. “Nor could I,” she said again. “You served him,
and me, by obeying his last order to you. I regret . . . I’m sorry that I made
it difficult for you to do so.”
“I am the queen’s man, my lady.”
She smiled a little. “And so you will continue to be. Your king thought of
me. Even in the heat of battle, he thought of me, and our world. And our
child.” She pressed a hand to her heavy belly, to the life that beat there.
“They will sing songs of him long after . . .” The pain ripped a gasp from
her, had her fumbling the reins.
“My lady!” Gwayne grabbed her reins to steady her mount. “You cannot
“I can. I will.” She turned her head, and her eyes were a fierce and angry
green in a face as pale as the snow. “Lorcan will not find my child. It’s not
time. It’s not yet time. There will be a light.” Exhausted, she slumped over
the neck of her horse. “You must watch for the light, and guide us to it.”
A light, Gwayne thought, as they trudged through the forest. Night was
falling, and they were miles from the City of Stars, miles from any village
or settlement he knew. Nothing lived in these woods but faeries and elves,
and what good were they to a soldier and a woman—queen or no—who
was great with child?
But here, into the Lost Forest, was where she’d ordered him to take her.
She’d fought him, that was true enough, when he bowed to the king’s
command and dragged her from the castle. He had no choice but to lift her
bodily onto the horse and whip her mount into a run.
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