Reblogged from The Story Reading Ape:
Just a reminder, every second Sunday of the month I’m doing a serial with an original illustration from the wonderful Dani English, who also does my book covers.
It’s May, and we reach Part 5 in my serial starring two fox-rabbits, a magpie, a man, his horse and various other travellers they find on their adventure.
Part 5 – The Stone of Courage
The covered wagon rattled and shook as it continued down the road. Beside the horse strode a red-cloaked raven. On the seat, holding the reins, sat Talbot, the fox-rabbit.
“That’s right dearie, hold them just lightly enough to keep the horse’s head knowing you’re still there.”
“But Mavis, I don’t want to hurt him.”
“You won’t if you’re gentle. He’s deaf, otherwise you could tell him what to do. Ah, there’s a fork in the road. Pull on the reins to make him stop. That’s the ticket. Well, now…”
Mavis, the raven, frowned.
“It’s been a while since I travelled this road, dearie, but I don’t remember this junction. And something about the signpost doesn’t seem right, too.”
Talbot sat dumb, his nervousness returning with a rush. He’d been so confident of the merchant, but now she seemed undecided. He jumped as a snorting noise erupted from the bushes on his right.
“Who’s there?” called the raven. “What have you been doing with this signpost?
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