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Movie Review – Solo: A Star Wars Story

Short Review – This is the most fun I’ve had at a Star Wars movie since I was in junior high school.  If you’re a fan, you need to go see it, because it’s the kind of movie we’ve been waiting for since the credits ended on Return of the Jedi. Long Review – “Solo: […]

Escort Duty – Part 25

In the hallway outside, the two servants listened to the noise and exchanged a knowing look. “He’s found one with some fight in her, hasn’t he?” “Remember that one from Pesht with the dark hair last fall? The duke spent three days in bed once he was finished with her.” “Too bad about the woman, […]

Escort Duty – Part 24

Erika watched in distaste as the duke picked up his fish and ate it in two large, rapid bites. She took a dainty bit of trout from her plate and chewed it thoroughly before swallowing. “You need to eat more, my dear,” the duke said, grease from the fish glistening on his lips and beard. […]

Escort Duty – Part 23

Erika was pulling the gown over her head when the matron and the rest of the servants came through her door. Behind her, the sun was just touching the horizon. “My lady, you should have waited for us,” the matron gently scolded. “Oh, I’m not used to servants anymore,” Erika replied airily, “My apologies.” The […]

Escort Duty – Part 22

Olo, the sergeant of the gate, watched as the brightly painted wagon rattled to a halt on the paving stones in front of him. He waved his oaken rod at the flies humming around his head, which bothered him almost as much as the rivulets of sweat which ran down through his beard. “Where’re you […]

Escort Duty – Part 20

Erika sat on a stool before a bronze mirror as a girl brushed her hair out. The soldiers had handed her over to the Duke’s guards late the night before, and the marks on her wrist showed how she had struggled against her bonds as she rode. She felt some satisfaction in knowing that her […]

Escort Duty – Part 17

Hollo and Simon left their stolen horses tied to a mile marker with a large “1” engraved into its stone face. Silently, the pair walked through the open field to the side of the road, guided by the watch fires the soldiers kept on the far side of the bridge. As they drew nearer to […]

Escort Duty – Part 16

A few minutes later, Erika and Greta were ensconced in their room and were busily taking advantage of the washbasin and pitcher of cold, clear water the innkeeper’s wife had brought for them. The two men took seats at the bar and sipped on mugs of beer while they talked. Simon put down his empty […]

Escort Duty – Part 15

As the first dawn after the new moon exploded over the eastern horizon, the door to the hut creaked open. The officer, his uniform just as dirty as it had been when he had locked them away, called from the yard. “Happy day!” he cried, “Time to leave!” Simon led Erika and Greta from the […]

Escort Duty – Part 13

Simon reined his horse to a halt when they came within shouting distance of the bridge. A squad of guards, armed with spears and bows, barred their path, and an officer in armor stood before them. On the far end of the bridge, clusters of huts lay on either side of the road, but wood […]