The Castle Karlstadt – Excerpt 25

The Castle Karlstadt – Excerpt 25

  I could understand that, I wasn’t enamoured with him either. She seemed content to spend time chatting to me and I must admit I found her attention very flattering. I liked and respected her, despite her fragile looks and childlike ways.

It was something totally unknown to me, but I was beginning to have feelings for her. I put it down to the proximity of our surroundings. Due to our circumstances we had been thrown together.

After the death of Franz, I was the only person of a similar age, if you discount the Doctor, who for some reason she detested, I never did find out why? I suppose it was only natural we would find ourselves amenable companions.

The day passed by pleasantly enough, I decided while the others slept one man would stand guard, armed naturally. I elected to stand guard for the first four hours, to be relieved by the Doctor, who would in turn be relieved by the Father. That way I prayed, we could all sleep safely.

I positioned myself on a slight rise, from where I could see the others clearly. I had taken my old greatcoat from off of my saddle, and was wrapped snug inside it. I sensed something moving below me. I raised my rifle and sighted on my target, when I realised it was Karina.

(C) Damian Grange 2019

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