False Dawn Author:Chelsea Quinn Yarbro Gold Lake was a long way off. — Evan had made light of their danger at first, but as hunger etched lines into his face and Thea's eyes took on the haunted shadow of starvation, he admitted at least to himself, that they had come a long way to die. — For Thea, hunger was a spectre dogging her steps, but an unreal one. Far more real, more threateni... more »ng, was the possibility of Pirates or lepers, who would make their dying long and messy. Anxiously, she watched the rocks around them, and the dark shadows under the trees.
As the river rose in the floor of the steep canyon, they climbed high on the ridge above it, far from the thunder of the river and the danger of being trapped in the narrow gorge. Occasionally they caught a glimpse of buildings huddled against the canyon walls, some deserted, some carefully guarded. It was these buildings with their promise of food and shelter than made Evan feel the full weight of their distress, and in time he grew reckless. Knowing that he would make the attempt without her if she refused to help him, he outlined his plan to Thea as they crouched on the crest of the ridge above a small compound of houses and barns nestled inside wooden fortification . . .
"Come on," Evan said to Thea, pulling her toward him. As always, she drew back, but he kept his grip on her arm. "We're going down there. It's our only chance."« less