Here's another excerpt from Tennis Shoes 12: Thorns of Glory. I hope I'm offering readers more than I've ever offered before the actual completion of a new Tennis Shoes book. But I have to be careful not to post spoilers. Just enough to tease with savage cruelty.
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This excerpt is also from the perspective of Joshua:
Marcos added, "Asherah is dead."
"Good riddence," I replied too quickly. It was callous. Partly, I was just welcoming a change of subject. Then I became genuinely curious. "What happened?"
"I shot her," said Marcos. His tone was emotionless, subdued. "She tried to kill the newborn babe."
"Elorah had her baby?"
"Yes. It happened not long after we separated. He was born that night."
"A boy. They named him Emer. Prince Emer."
"And Asherah tried to kill him?"
"She made the attempt just before we entered the cavern. She'd have likely killed Queen Elorah as well, if I hadn't acted." He sighed drearily, then said, "Teshebel is dead too. They . . . executed her." I could tell he'd wanted to use a harsher word, but couldn't think of one.
"Who executed her?"
"The women," said Marcos. "She was executed as a traitor."
I let all of this sink in. A lot had happened. Marcos's life since we'd parted had been almost as eventful as mine. At least more eventful than I'd imagined.
"The women executed her?" I asked again.
I could feel Marcos shudder in the darkness. Whatever he had witnessed, it wasn't a good idea to ask for details.
"What about Uguleth?"
"She's around," said Marcos, almost casually. "Actually, this is the kind of place that I expect to run into her again someday: Somewhere in the pitch darkness."
"You bested her once," I replied.
An instant later I realized it was a strange thing to say. Not only because it suggested Marcos might be afraid of Uguleth, but because the kind of revenge that Marcos anticipated did not particularly require any skill. Just surprise. Audacity. And Uguleth had plenty of that.....
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