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Would You Read On?
Michael clenched the hilt of his sword—a weapon that had known only defeat.
In mounted flight, he dodged a scimitar, then veered to escape the slash of another. A pair of Centaurs flew toward him, cutting him off. Jerking the reins, Michael swerved, barely missing their curved blades.
A foray of Malakim and Centaurs filled the air above the forest of Shamayim. Whether on the ground, or in flight, the Malakim were disadvantaged, for the Centaurs were both larger and stronger, and not impeded by the head and neck of a horse.
Michael’s sword plunged through the chest of the closest Centaur. The creature’s body went rigid—a temporary happenstance of being skewered by an opponent’s sword.
Before Michael had time to relish his triumph, several more attacked in response to the felling of their comrade.
“Perhaps you could you use a hand.”
Michael turned to the voice to see his fellow lieutenant, Mardikel, fighting at his side.
“On the contrary, I enjoy lone skirmishes against our scorpion-tailed, winged-equestrian opponents.”
The words no sooner left his lips, than he impaled a Centaur coming to his right. He whirled in response to a deafening clang of steel to his left to realize Mardikel had just parried a blow that would surely have sent him not-so-gracefully flitting to the ground in rigid descent.
Michael barely had time to dip his head in thanks, before defending against the onslaught of several more Centaurs.
“If we don’t find the flag,” Mardikel shouted above the angry flapping of wings, “we’ll have to answer to the commander for breaking rank.”
“Ah, but imagine if we do,” Michael said, retrieving his imbedded sword from yet another Centaur.
Mardikel rolled his eyes. “As though you need any more accolades from our superior officer.”
Would you read on?
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