I Am Writing – 15/2/21 – Comes a Horseman

This week’s WIP snippet is from Comes a Horseman, book 3 of Echoes Rising.

“The safe house has been compromised. Either we have a traitor, or….” Kit swallowed. “One or both of our teams have been captured.”

“Not necessarily.” Liang turned to look at Kit. God knew what he must be imagining. Probably the same thing Liang was. He couldn’t get caught again. Just the thought of going through…. He couldn’t…. Liang turned back to the window.

“You don’t really believe that, do you?” Kit sounded hoarse. “We can’t stay here. If they start searching the area, there’s nowhere to hide.”

The barn was almost empty, as the livestock were outside, and the closest building apart from the safe house was the farmhouse. They needed to get as far away from both of them as they could, and quickly.

“I’m open to suggestions. How are we supposed to get somewhere else without being seen?” Liang tapped his fingers on the windowsill. If they’d stayed at the safe house like they were supposed to, they’d probably be in custody by now.

“We need to get to the church and hope that’s still safe.” Kit sounded a little too calm.

“Michel will be all right,” Liang said softly. “He’s always very careful, and Ken is there to watch his back. Those two work well together. After all, they did break me out of Gestapo custody in Stuttgart.”

“Matt thought we might have been compromised. What if he was right?” Kit balled one fist, then unfurled it. “What if Holm’s just been waiting for the right moment to strike? If we hadn’t taken a walk….” He bit his lip. “If Reiniger has Michel, has any of them, they will be far from all right. You don’t—”

Liang placed his hands on Kit’s shoulders. “Yes, I do,” he said. “I bloody well know exactly what those bastards are capable of. Don’t ever presume I don’t.”

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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