Excerpt of Chapter 2 Encounter

Her heart pounded faster and faster as if it were about to explode through her chest. She was relieved to have escaped his tight clutch, the one Alfred has used many times before when know one was left inside the tavern. But this night she was fortunate and welcomed the night sky that was scattered with a thick white mist that brazed across the moon like cobwebs. Jacquelyn brushed the back of her hand across her forehead wiping beads of sweat that formed from fright. The dampness from the air chilled her bones. Taking in a deep breath of cool fresh air, Jacquelyn started walking towards the stairs that was only a few feet in front of her that led up to the loft above the tavern. She wrapped her shawl tightly around her bare arms just when she heard the dull sound from footsteps approaching...

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