Ghosts of Culloden

The whole Moment
Jack Ran­dall stood still. His sword was in his hand, but he made no effort to raise it. Only stood there, that odd smile on his lips, dark eyes burn­ing in Jamie’s own.
If he had been able to break that gaze… but he couldn’t, and so caught the blur of move­ment behind Ran­dall. Murtagh, run­ning, bound­ing tus­socks like a sheep. And the glint of his godfather’s blade—had he seen that, or only imag­ined it? No mat­ter; he’d known with­out doubt from the cock of Murtagh’s arm, and seen before it hap­pened the mur­der­ous strike come upward toward the Captain’s red-clad back.
But Ran­dall spun, warned maybe by some change in his eyes, the sob of Murtagh’s breath or only by a soldier’s instinct. Too late to avoid the thrust, but soon enough that the dirk missed its fatal aim into the kid­ney. Ran­dall had grunt­ed with the blow—Christ, he could hear it—and jerked aside stag­ger­ing, but turn­ing as he fell, grasp­ing Murtagh’s wrist, drag­ging him down in a show­er of spray from the wet gorse they fell through.
They had rolled away into a hol­low, locked togeth­er, strug­gling, and he had flung him­self through the cling­ing plants in pur­suit, some weapon—what, what had he held?—in his fist.
But the feel of it fad­ed against his skin; he felt the weight of the thing in his hand, but there was no shape of hilt or trig­ger to remind him, and it was gone again.
Leav­ing him with that one image: Murtagh. Murtagh, teeth clenched and bared as he struck. Murtagh, run­ning, com­ing to save him.

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Quo­te and Excerpt by Diana Gabal­don from “A Breath of Snow and Ash­es”
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2 Comments

  1. February 21
    Reply

    As always, a heart-rend­ing piece of the Out­lander saga. What a joy­ous­ly sad life, Jamie had. Thank you for bring­ing these snip­pets to remind us why we love this sto­ry so much!

    • Heike Ginger Ba
      February 21
      Reply

      Hi Nor­ma,

      yes it was a sad life but also full of love for Claire and the bairns„,glad you like it again ..LG Heike

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