The Dragons Path Prologue: The Apostate (The Dagger and the Coin #1)

The Dragons Path Prologue: The Apostate (The Dagger and the Coin #1)


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Updated date: 01:56:38 10/08/2022

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The apostate pressed himself into the shadows of the rock and prayed to nothing in particular that the things riding mules in the pass below him would not look up. His hands ached, the muscles of his legs and back shuddered with exhaustion. The thin cloth of his ceremonial robes fluttered against him in the cold, dust-scented wind. He took the risk of looking down toward the trail.The five mules had stopped, but the priests hadn't dismounted. Their robes were heavier, warmer. The ancient swords strapped across their backs caught the morning light and glittered a venomous green. Dragon-forged, those blades. They meant death to anyone whose skin they broke. In time, the poison would kill even the men who wielded them. All the more reason, the apostate thought, that his former brothers would kill him quickly and go home. No one wanted to carry those blades for long; they came out only in dire emergency or deadly anger.Well. At least it was flattering to be taken seriously.The priest leading the hunting party rose up in his saddle, squinting into the light. The apostate recognized the voice."Come out, my son," the high priest shouted. "There is no escape."The apostate's belly sank. He shifted his weight, preparing to walk down. He stopped himself.Probably, he told himself. There is probably no escape. But perhaps there is.On the trail, the dark-robed figures shifted, turned, consulted among themselves. He couldn't hear their words. He waited, his body growing stiffer and colder. Like a corpse