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Saturday, 27 December 2014

A Soldier's Death - Excerpt from a Fantasy Book


Guardian Dragons; Book 1; Chapter 4 A Soldier's Death:

The old soldier had already had his turn but needed to rest again. A cold sweat on his brow slithered a wet streak down his cheek. No other complained when he took an extra break, the ranks respected him. Removing his hat, he wiped his bony bald head with a forest-green necktie, and unfastened the top button of his uniformed jacket. He could feel his throat constricting and swelling, as if the gap for breathing was getting smaller. Pulsating cramps continued to squeeze in his stomach. A burning in his throat choked the breath from his lungs. Falling from the chair with numbed legs, a heavy pain throbbed on the insides of his arms, and over the bones of his chest. He burned up, yet shivered uncontrollably. The guard posted nearest to the resting table ran to help him. He found the old man lying on the floor trembling with a grey pallor to his cold clammy skin.
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