By T C Southwell
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Papa, you must not die. " His hand clasped hers. "I am sorry, little one. Be happy, Tassin. Do not let anyone take that from you. Trust Pervor, he will guide you and take care of you. " "No! " Her tears overflowed as King Litham's eyes closed, and his breath left him in a long sigh. Tassin flung herself onto his chest and embraced him, shuddering sobs racking her slender form. A sigh came from the shadows where his retainers waited. "The King is dead, long live the Queen," a voice proclaimed. There was a rustle of rich cloth as the retainers knelt.
The blow flung the soldier back, and he hit the ground with a terrific crash of armour, writhing and clawing at his crushed throat. Sabre turned back towards the steps that led to the upper battlements, Tassin still trying to get her feet under her and free her arm from his merciless grip. He swung, releasing her, and smashed a spear from the air with a lightning-fast punch. Tassin wondered how he had known it was there, since this time she had not warned him. Before she could dart away, Sabre yanked her to her feet, inflicting more bruises.
A knock made her glance around as Royanne entered, her round, motherly face pale but composed, her brown hair confined in a frilly white mobcap and her generous figure clad in a dull green gown with yellow lace on the sleeves. " "No. I am awakened by a brainless female with hysterics to find my castle besieged, and no one even thought to wake me when it started. " Royanne shook her head. " Tassin sat on the bed and covered her face. " "You still have to eat. " Royanne jerked her head at the snivelling girl, who scurried out.