I Am Writing – 14/12/20 – Comes a Horseman

This week’s WIP snippet is from Comes a Horseman.

He stifled a cough, his stomach heaving in protest at the horrible smell.

Oh great. He’d dived into a cowpat.

Ken slid in next to him, lying flat in the dirt. “Keep down,” he hissed. He raised his gun and shot at someone over the fence.

Matt heard another exchange of bullets from the other side of the fence, then silence. He counted to twenty, sat up, and looked in the direction Ken had fired. A German soldier lay still, face down on the side of the road.

“It won’t be long before this area is swarming with soldiers.” Ken stood and pulled Matt to his feet. “It’s not just the gunfire, but their telephone lines have gone dead. They’ll send someone to investigate when the men on duty don’t report in, and I doubt they’ll wait until the shift change to do it.”

Sébastien poked his head over the fence. “I’ve secured the other guards. Two are wounded, but they’ll recover. The other is unconscious. I didn’t check his injuries. Come, we need to leave.” As Matt and Ken walked over, Sébastien screwed up his nose. “I’m driving. You can both ride in the back. Try and stay downwind until we get back, oui? That smell is disgusting.”

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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