6: Assassins From Shanaar - Part Fourteen
Updated: Jan 19
Both men stopped and took in great gulps of air. They had heard voices ahead of them now, as the other group of townsfolk had gone around ahead and were now closing in on them. With voices in front and voices behind, in a strange wood, the men were trapped. Worse than that was the knowledge of what lay ahead of them in the dungeons of Shaabak when word of this mission’s failure reached their master.
“Then let’s fight to the death here and now.” Short Man had a wild look in his eyes as he said this, still gulping in air.
Tall Man gave him a deadly look. “I told you, we can’t take the chance. Do you want to wait in some Low Man cell while word gets back to Him? You think his hand is too short to pluck us from some local cell? His finger stretches even this far, and it will give him great pleasure to grab us by our necks and drag us back to his dungeons. I, for one, don’t intend to face that place. I’ve heard the stories. I’d rather die here.”
The voices were getting very loud now, and the end of the chase was fast approaching. The short man instinctively drew his sword, which gleamed in the moonlight that filtered through the trees. As he stood there, holding aloft his weapon and waiting to carry out his plan to fight, the tall man also drew his sword. With a swift motion he sunk it deep into the short man’s back, causing him to cry out in alarm and arch his back and then slowly sink to the ground. The tall man removed his sword and laid it on the ground. The voices were now on top of them and footsteps were crashing all around them. He pulled a vial from a pocket in his cloak, removed the cork, and swallowed the contents. As the townsfolk crowded around the two men, they were just in time to see the tall man stumble to his knees as the poison took effect. He then pitched forward and landed on top of the short man’s legs. The assassins were dead.
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