Daniel had made a bench, and it was posed right behind the cabin, facing the rosebush, which loomed over the rest of the garden. He motioned for Harper to sit down first, and once he joined her, she curled up next to him, resting her head on his shoulder.
Hed had a block at the palace. Here, short of climbing onto the precarious lip of the trough … The distance between his foot and the stirrup had never seemed so long. Balancing on one foot while he lifted it, pushing down with the other to propel him up, swinging his leg around the saddle … Chaol went through the steps, feeling the motions hed done a thousand times before. Hed learned to ride before he was six—had been on a horse nearly his entire life.Of course hed been given a devil of a horse to do this with.
But Farasha held still, staring toward the sifting sea of sand, to the path that had been trampled down the hill—their entry into the desert. Even with the shifting winds hauling the sands into new shapes and valleys, the tracks the others had left were clear enough. He could even spy some of them cresting hills and then flying down them, little more than specks of black and white.And yet he remained here. Staring at the stirrups and saddle.Yrene offered casually, I can find a block or bucket—
Chaol moved. Perhaps not as graceful as hed like, perhaps more struggling than hed intended, but he managed, the cane groaning as he used it to push upward, then clattering to the rock as he let go to grab the pommel of the saddle, right as his foot slid—barely—into the stirrup. Farasha shifted at his weight while he hauled himself higher into the saddle, his back and thighs barking as he swung his leg over, but he was up.Yrene strode to the fallen cane and dusted it off. Not bad, Lord Westfall. She strapped the cane behind her saddle and mounted her mare. Not bad at all.
He hid his smile, his face still over-warm, and nudged Farasha down the sandy hill at last.
They followed the tracks the others had left slowly, the heat rippling off the sands.So… He scratched his head, then got to his feet. If you didnt come out today for the whole sex thing, then why are you here?
Daniel, I knew your hearing was messed up, but I didnt know your listening skills were so bad. I already told you. I came out to see if youve healed enough to perform.I hurt my arm and my ribs, and I have a couple scratches. I think Ill be okay.
She bit her lip. You only say that because you dont know what I have in store for you.When you say stuff like that, you think youre being flirtatious, but youre really not, Daniel said as he smoothed out his shirt and brushed off pine needles and leaves. Given that I know what youre capable of, that comes across as more of a threat than innuendo.