Here we are… a pivotal moment in the story, but one that I don’t think gives too much away.
Of course, if you haven’t read Healer’s Touch, here be spoilers. Warned.
A soldier sauntered arrogantly up to Aris. Llew might have said ‘swaggering’, but the man’s high boots and long, medalled, dress jacket suggested a class beyond swagger. The white handle hanging from his hip glowed in the airy moonlight.
“Captain.” The mustachioed man nodded to Aris.
“Lieutenant general,” Aris acknowledged the man in return.
The new arrival placed himself beside Aris as he observed all those gathered in the yard. He dipped his head to share a few words with Aris.
Military ranks were lost on Llew, but whether the man officially outranked him or not, it seemed Aris was in charge. The other man bent at the waist to listen to Aris’s instruction. The lieutenant general nodded and straightened. He and Aris surveyed the soldiers around them. Then Aris made a gesture.
Something thumped Llew in the chest, reminding her of the ache she’d felt when watching Karlani with Jonas. She looked to Jonas now. He was looking at two crossbow bolts in his hand, confused. He turned to her and his face went slack.
She looked down.
A crossbow bolt shaft protruded from her shirt, which meant the tip was… the tip was…