The Hawk by Monica McCarty

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Erik took a step forward. Though Fergal was as thick and sturdy as a boar—and just as mean—Erik towered over him by at least a foot. As to who was the better warrior … they both knew there was no question. Only a handful of men had a chance of defeating Erik with a sword or battle-axe, and Fergal was not one of them. Despite the implied threat of the movement, Erik smiled. “Now, Fergal,” he said complacently. “I remember quite well the conversation I had with your chief a few weeks ago, right here in this cave, and that’s exactly what we agreed.

And the smell … the hideous blending of blood, sweat, and sickness that penetrated his nose, his lungs, his bones. He covered his ears with his hands. But the howls and screams of death could not be blocked out. For a moment he was back at the bloody battlefield of Methven. Back to the place where everything had gone so horribly wrong. Where chivalry had nearly killed him. But it wasn’t a nightmare. Bruce opened his eyes, not to Edward of England’s wrath, but to God’s. The clash was not of swords but of lightning.

It took a moment for the sleep to clear and for his gaze to focus. He looked at the rocks above his head and swore. Well, I’ll be damned. Spanning about a twelve-inch space between two rocks was the most magnificent web he’d ever seen. The intricate threads of silk glistened and sparkled in the sunlight like a magnificent crown of thinly woven diamonds. She’d done it. The little spider had built her web. He smiled, for a moment sharing in her triumph. Methven. Dal Righ. The deaths and capture of his friends.

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