Marti Talbott's Highlander Series, Book 1 (ANNA - CHAPTER VIII, page 2 of 16)

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"Nay, I wish to surprise her."


Kevin and his warriors had been gone for most of three weeks when they finally neared the Keep. He told Justin to hide Catherin and Rachel in the trees so he could sneak them in later. Catherin didn't look happy about that idea, but she didn't make a fuss.

The men were tired, hungry and wanted to see their families. Instead of being inside the wall, the women, children and most of the guards were standing on the crest watching something in the meadow. Kevin almost didn't go see what it was, but when his men headed over and the crowd laughed, it piqued his curiosity.

As soon as he swung down off his horse, Katie ran to him. "You are not going to believe this!" She grabbed his arm and was practically dragging him when he came to a sudden halt.

There she was. The horse was as big as he remembered and the woman was even more beautiful. She was wearing the same skirt with her purple tunic, belt and medallion. The only thing different was the white ruffled nightcap on her head and this time she carried no bow and arrows.

The woman slid off the horse and lay down in the field. The horse circled her once and then sidestepped until he was as close as he could get without stepping on her. Then the stallion nudged her side with his head. She didn't move a muscle, so he nudged her again. Suddenly, she sprang up, patted his nose and ran away. The crowd roared.

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