The Orphan: Part Seventeen

Brayden sat at his father’s right hand. He shifted again on the hard wooden chair. King Grinden’s chair stood quite a bit taller and was cushioned with a thick red pillow. The great hall echoed with the voices of guests that night. They were members of noble families that had traveled to the capital for … Continue reading The Orphan: Part Seventeen


The Orphan: Part 16

When they reached his cottage, Henry realized he hadn’t thought this through. The girl was here now but where would she sleep? They both dismounted and he pondered the problem while they unloaded the horses and removed their tack. Smoke continued to ignore Paladin when they were released in the yard. He wandered and grazed … Continue reading The Orphan: Part 16

The Orphan: Part 15

Katherine moved slowly as she outfitted Paladin with his new tack. He stood still but sometimes turned his head to watch her. She was equally aware of Henry watching her. When he mentioned forcing Paladin to let her ride, she stayed facing Paladin and closed her eyes for a moment before responding. “He seems to … Continue reading The Orphan: Part 15

The Orphan: Part 14

Paladin had learned the female creature was called Katherine. She didn’t say it to him but she said it to the other two-legged creature, the one called Henry. This one had new smells on him and he too had a horse companion, one that he sat on. He was called Smoke by Henry and seemed … Continue reading The Orphan: Part 14

The Orphan Part 13

The night of the play, Brayden slept fitfully. He dreamed of a woman with honey-blond hair chased by men with swords. She cried and wailed as they stole something away from her. He felt he should do something but he could only watch as the men dragged her away. He opened his eyes and shuddered, … Continue reading The Orphan Part 13

The Orphan: Part Twelve

Henry didn’t have to check to make sure the odd, tall, red-headed girl and her horse were following him. He could hear them both tramping through the forest. Smoke’s reins hung loosely in his hand as the well-trained horse walked beside him. There was something familiar about this girl but he hadn’t figured it out … Continue reading The Orphan: Part Twelve

The Orphan: Part Eleven

Katherine Katherine was awakened from her nap by Paladin nudging her with his nose. He stomped his foot then looked off into the forest. She sat up slowly and listened hard for whatever alerted him. Then she heard it. The rustling and crunching of another horse’s footsteps on the forest floor. She stood and gestured … Continue reading The Orphan: Part Eleven