Highly Unexpected, Chapter 9The following week was filled with an uncomfortable quietness that comes during those times in one's life when they realise that, whereas before they might have felt able to conquer the world, they are in reality not even capable of talking sense to someone that they care about most.
Master and servant exchanged fewer words during this time; Wiggins spoke less because he felt it best to ruminate on what words might actually work- Ratcliffe, because he had something very important on his mind which he was choosing not to divulge.
It's this sort of intricate web of thought winning out over the verbal that seems to root two people firmly in their own worlds, like glass boxes.
Phillipe would travel to their estate every few days to deliver messages personal, an unnecessary but perhaps more aggressive effort on Beatrice's part. The man was less easy than he had first been, often seeming agitated for whatever reason.
Although there was no official courtship established, it was expected to ha
Highly Unexpected, Chapter 8"This way, men!" His voice was a hiss just above a whisper.
The soldiers all hustled past, following the point of his blade. Ratcliffe took his position silently on the rooftop just below the tower. He hoped for the final strike, and if he has planned it all correctly, then he would have it.
All other exits would be blocked before he could run; Smith would have no choice but to jump down and run his way. By the time he made his way there, he would be struck down before he would even see Ratcliffe; for the second and final time, he would be felled by his former commander.
Ratcliffe stood and waited, practically holding his breath. Oh, how he had waited for this.
It seemed an eternity passed before the pounding of metal-clad feet came barreling his way; now was his only chance. Suddenly, the scuffling of boots changed. Smith's form toppled past him. He had lost his balance, miscalculated his jump somehow, perhaps, and fell right past where Ratcliffe stood, grappling the ledge with