★*´✫* An Excerpt from Dragon Destiny ★*✫*
Anastasia snatched an arrow from her quiver before the scarf fluttered to the ground. With quick movements, she slipped the shaft into position, pulled back the string and released. She chased her first arrow with a second, then a third, without shifting her eyes from the target. Moments later, her fingers grasped at air and she realized she was done. Shaking her fingers to release the tension, she unstrung her bow and waited for the official tally.
For the second time that night, Elem stood the center of attention. “For speed, five points to Fenit. Now for the rings. Fenit, ninety-four. Oran, eighty-eight.” A low murmur went through those gathered. Ceoltiers were not known for their fighting ability, yet Oran’s skill almost rose to a marksman level.
Anastasia caught her bottom lip between her teeth.
After a few minutes, the noise level dropped and Elem continued. “There is a tie between Uaine and Anastasia. One hundred ten points each.”
Applause echoed toward the setting sun. Uaine led Anastasia to her uncle to receive their reward which had been increased to three coppers each. After the well-wishers returned to their tasks, Anastasia led Uaine off to the side. “There is one more prize to be awarded,” she said. “A private wager.” Untying the yellow scarf from her upper arm, she balanced it in her hand. With a flourish she presented it to Uaine. “Fairly won. This is yours, as promised.”
Uaine took the scarf and strung it through his belt. His lips worked into a smile. “And my other prize?”
Anastasia looked into Uaine’s mischievous gaze. Despite the coolness of the evening, heat filled her cheeks.
★*´✫*★* Dragon Destiny ★*✫*★*