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Summer Storm

Elizabeth Baxter

Copyright 2013 Elizabeth Baxter

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Chapter 1

Falen glanced up just in time to see the tree trunk lying across her path. Panic flashed through her body.

Wait!” she cried.

Too late. Her horse gathered himself and jumped, sailing over the fallen tree. Falen lurched forward in the saddle, clinging on as they landed with a teeth-juddering impact on the other side. She yanked the reins and her horse skidded to a halt in a shower of mud, eyes wide, ears flat. Falen patted his sweaty neck.

Sorry, Yrsa. My fault.”

Daydreaming again! With her thoughts fixed on her experiments, she’d not been looking where she was going. That had been close. Too close.

Yrsa stamped, chewing on the bit, unimpressed with his rider.

A gust of wind sent Falen’s hair swirling round her head. The trees shook, leaves fluttering into the air. Falen squinted at the sky. Clouds were gathering to the north, obscuring the mountains. It might be high summer but the weather could turn in an instant in the Sisters; a calm day transforming into a howling gale.

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