Malcolm

Malcolm

The woman returned, her hands full, and stood across the table fromhim. Biting her lip, she considered the wounds as well, blindly setting allher implements down next to Malcolm’s head, the only space yet availableon the table. She lifted her blue-eyed gaze to Alec, but briefly, though didnot manage to suppress her negative opinion quick …

Artair

Artair

They barely spoke, hadn’t said much after Iain had convinced themthat it was only begging for their own deaths if they charged after Alpin and the Sutherlands now. They needed to get home to Berriedale and regroup, call up the McEwen army, send notice of Alpin’s identity to Donald Mackay, and make a plan first.Iain …

Sutherland

Sutherland

They must have been watching them, either had trailed them for days,possibly had been made immobile as well by the storm, or they’d happenedto spy them today while out searching and had raced ahead of them. ‘Twashis own fault, being attentive of the bewitching lass and not theirsurroundings.“Which of you two fine gentlemen laid a …

St. Edmund

St. Edmund

In fact, the sun shone across a bright blue winter sky, Mother Nature offering a cheery apology for the storm of two days ago, it seemed.Iain woke but did not move. Somewhere in the night, he and Maggiehad both shifted so that they were now nearly nose to nose. Perhaps notexactly, but as his face …

Maggie

Maggie

The laird of the McEwens, that beautiful man with the striking blueeyes, had kissed her. She hadn’t been prepared for what surely must havebeen dragonflies dancing in her belly, nor actually feeling her heartbeatpound throughout every inch of her body, but she knew she liked thosefeelings. It was only unfortunate that these reactions had so …

Craig

Craig

They moved with more speed than they had throughout the morning,and a good thing, too. The storm, when it came, thrust snow at them fromevery direction. The temperature dropped and the snow grew beneath thehooves of their mighty destriers. If not for the fact that they knew the regionas well as the back of their …

Archie

Archie

“Archie, get him out of here,” Iain said tightly. His fingers curledslowly into fists as he watched her walk across the space that separated theSutherland ensemble from his Mackays, his expression grim. A sickeningache rumbled in his chest and stomach, while his nostrils flared with disgust at his own weakness, and at that part of …

Donald Mackay

Donald Mackay

They barely spoke, hadn’t said much after Iain had convinced themthat it was only begging for their own deaths if they charged after Alpin and the Sutherlands now. They needed to get home to Berriedale and regroup, call up the McEwen army, send notice of Alpin’s identity to Donald Mackay, and make a plan first. …

Daimh

Daimh

Returning to the circle around the fire, Iain found Archie’s gaze settledupon him, his lieutenant’s brow lifted with a vague question, which Iainignored. It was another ten minutes before Daimh and the lass returned.They all but bounded into the cave, as if Daimh had tripped in his last fewsteps. Maggie Bryce had her hands locked …

Donal

Donal

His last came from Archie, whose tone possibly hinted at someconcern for the weight and upkeep of it. He hadn’t misspoken, the mass ofit fell in thick waves over her shoulders and tumbled carelessly down herback, the ends of it nearly touching the ground between Iain and her.Nervously, she fussed with the wimple, her freckled …