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|Cover Art by Angela Anderson|
The Redcoats vastly outnumbered Mathias and his men. That simple fact produced an irritating smirk on the mouth of the officer in charge. The man assumed Mathias and his men would obey his order without hesitation, question, or incident. In return, a single corner of his mouth curved upward. One should never assume. In that same moment, several things happened simultaneously.
“I’ve a mind to take the lot of them to hell with us, Mathias, starting with that one, right there,” bellowed Samuel Fraser. The sound of his voice boomed like thunder as it echoed throughout the forest. The startled soldiers cast each other furtive glances. Then before any member of the Lobsterback army could react to his bold declaration, Sam yanked the pistol out of his belt and with one shot, wiped the smirk from the leader’s face.
Just as Sam made his statement, Mathias locked his gaze on Percival Peddelton. He took a small measure of satisfaction when fear replaced the smug expression on the coward’s face. With lightning speed, Mathias drew his flintlock in concert with Sam’s, and fired. A millisecond later, both Peddelton and the English officer lay dead. Their unexpected deaths set off a haze of musket powder, ball, and shot. Projectiles continued to fly in all directions. As the battle raged, more than half the English platoon fell to the expertise of the five Rangers they intended to capture, torture, and hang.
Their ammunition spent and no time to reload, Mathias and his elite unit made use of every weapon at their disposal. Each Ranger fought bravely for their lives as well as their country. The battle lasted less than fifteen minutes. One by one, each loyal companion fell under a barrage of English gunfire and bayonet that flew from all directions at once.
He had no idea this is what it would feel like to die and the experience amazed him. A brilliant light appeared off to his right. The iridescent beam beckoned him to enter, just as it surely compelled the vast array of dead English soldiers who wandered the grounds looking stunned, lost, and confused. Most of them entered, but some walked away. Mathias stood there in indecision as Sam ambled up from behind and rested an elbow atop his shoulder. Alexander, William, and Jedediah followed, ever loyal in life, now loyal in death.
“Well, I believe this is just about the most extraordinary experience I’ve ever had,” Sam remarked, his tone casual. “Now tell me Mathias, what would you like us to do from here?”
So tell me, do you think Mathias McGregor stands a ghost of chance in finding his Happily-Ever-After? (Sorry...couldn't resist...)
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