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Ranger's Apprentice:Book Three, Chapter two Gilan walked into the room, a few hours later. He was stumbling like he had to many too drink, and Emily got up, and helped him sit down. She got him a glass of water. Gilan smacked the glass from her hand, and it fell to the floor. Emily took a step back. She wasn't expecting him to hit the cup like that.
"DO YOU THINK I WANT WATER!" Gilan shouted. "YOU STUPID GIRL!"
Emily took another step back. She had tears in her eyes. "Gilan, stop, please." She said. "I was only trying to help."
"I don't need help from a stupid girl like you!"
That was the last straw. Emily turned on her heel, and ran out of the cabin, tears streaming down her face. Halt glared at Gilan, and ran out after her.
"Emily?" He called. "Emily? Emily!"
She just kept running. She didn't want to go back to the cabin, back to Gilan. She turned toward Redmont. She would go to Pauline. Maybe sh
Ranger's Apprentice: Book Three, Chapter One! Emily and Gilan were laying down in the grass of the clearing they had discovered a few nights earlier. They were just chatting about usual things- Halt's apparent love for honeyed coffee, Rodney's Battle School Apprentices getting more practice than sleep, and the Gathering.
".....I don't know, Gilan." Emily said, staring at the sky. "We're visiting Pauline tomorrow, remember? Halt told us to go to sleep." She looked at Gilan, who was looking at the sky, a mocking look on his face. "I just didn't want us to get into trouble, that's all."
"'Halt told us to go to sleep'" Gilan mocked, looking at his girlfriend. "Come on, Emily! He shouldn't have heard us! Your getting worked up over nothing!"
"But he is a Ranger, you know!" Emily said. "He was trained to stay in a light sleep to hear the slightest noise different than the environment! And I thought you were told to not jump to conclusio
Ranger's Apprentice: Book Three, Prolouge Morgarath looked in stunned silence as his presumably dead second in command came into his throne room. Control yourself, he thought angrily, Slade has been dead and in the ground for a week!
Slade chuckled at the silence. Apparently, Morgarath had thought him dead. Well, he'd thought wrong. "Reports of my death were greatly premature, my lord." Slade said, bowing low again. "I'm still alive."
Morgarath suddenly regretted calling Slade a failure. "I see that." He replied, regaining his composure. "And, I believe you want to go after Emily?"
Slade reached for his sword. "This blade has Emily's name written all over it." And with that, he turned on his heels and walked out of the room.
Halt's Cabin, Redmount fief.
Halt opened his eyes to the sound of a door being opened. He sighed,
Ranger's Apprentice: Book Two, Chapter Nine Buttle opened a trap door behind Rodney. The hinges creaked, and he turned to see who was coming out behind him. Emily and Buttle both noticed that Rodney was unarmed. One frowned, the other smiled.
Buttle went in between Rodney and his sword. He knew that an unarmed knight couldn't do much, but he didn't notice the armed, very angry, Ranger coming at him. What he did notice, however, was the arrow the almost made him lose grip on his sword. Buttle turned as Emily drew her saxe knife out, and stop, in front of Rodney. Emily breathed steady, wanting to calm her nerves, that were working overtime.
"A girl?" Buttle laughed scornfully. "A mere girl wishes to fight me?"
Emily nodded. "And don't underestimate me." She said. "I beat men twice your size before."
She ducked under Buttle's sword, and came up behind me. Buttle turned around angry that the girl standing in front of him had easily side st
Ranger's Apprentice: Book Two, Chapter Eight Later that night, they where sitting in the cart, nick named the Up-Side Down Cart. Emily was tense. Something was not right here. Well, She thought, We've probably become part of the environment. We have been here awhile.
She was snapped out of her thoughts by Rodney's hand on her shoulder. Well, as much as it could be. "Calm down." He told Emily gently. "You need to loosen up."
Which, she realized, was probably true. She nodded, and looked through a peep hole, up at the sky. The moon was above them. Four hours, at most, till the moon finally went down. Then the battle would start. She sighed inwardly. She had never done this before, and she was getting nervous.
For the millionth time, Emily wished Halt where there.
Ariana had heard the noise coming from the woods, and saw the figures, as they came and went in a flash of light. But she co
Ranger's Apprentice: Book Two, Chapter Seven Rodney looked at the drawing Emily had shown him. He frowned slightly, not knowing what has gone through the Ranger's head when she drew this.
"Well," Rodney said, shacking his head. "Whatever it is, we'll would fall out."
Emily flashed her comrade a look of annoyance. "I wasn't going to put anything on it!" She said, "I was thinking about putting us, and four Skandians, into it."
Rodney smiled. He knew what the plan was, they had gone over it a ton during the past week, getting ready to siege Macindow. "Ok," He said, "But isn't that wheel a little big? I mean the cart would go awkwardly."
Emily sighed. She scribbled over the wheel. "There!"
"But that wheel is awkward looking." Rodney said, giggling a bit.
"You try drawing a circle free hand!" Emily said, glaring at the man. "It's harder than it looks!"
Ranger's Apprentice: Book Two, Chapter Six Rodney grinned as the girl in front of him pointed out important land marks on the way to the little clearing. She seemed comfortable around menfolk, like Pauline, he'd noticed, but he never pointed it out. Emily was nothing like her master, Halt, Rodney also noticed. She always had a smile ready for you, and she always knew how to make you laugh. He looked at his gloved hands. They where starting to warm up a bit, and he realized that Emily had been right. He shook his head and continued to listen to the girl. She was digressing, but she had been here longer then Rodney, so he let her show him around.
"Over there," Emily said, pointing to their right, "That tree is hollow. I hide in it from Trobar, when we play." She turned to face him. "Yes, I play." She said. "I play tag, and hide and seek with the other kids. Halt makes sure I do, sometimes."
Rodney just nodded hurriedly, and she smiled. "Sorry,
Ranger's Apprentice: Book 2 Chapter 5 Ariana was trapped, and she knew it. John Buttle, who had a lot of trouble with the Corps lately, it seemed, had pointed her out as Crowley's apprentice. She sighed to herself as she walked around her prison, hoping that Emily had gotten away in time. S
She heard a noise from outside, and went to her window to look. What she saw was shocking. Emily, Lord Orman, and his assistant, Xander, where riding toward the gate like bats of hell. Where is Emily going? She thought as the small group left the castle.
Battle master Rodney looked around at the forest. Emily had sent a note to the inn that she knew he would stay. He pulled the note out of his pocket, to she the description of the forest she was hidden in. The note said that she had found a group of Skandians, and that they where already in the clearing, (She nick-named it Healer's Clearing.) There was no sorcerer, she had wrote, but a healer
Ranger's Apprentice: Book 2, Chapter 4 Emily looked over at her friend, Ariana. They had both been told to investigate something mysterious in Norgate, near Macindow. She was the performer, Ariana the 'Lady'. So strictly speaking, Halt would've been furious to see them in the same room, out side of the few visits. Emily was walking in her hands around Ariana's quarters, trying to think, and concentrate at the same time. She wasn't doing so well.
"You need to stop." Ariana said, giggling, "Your face is making it hard to concentrate. Emily! Are you listening?"
To tell the truth, Emily was not listening. She was trying out a new trick. She flipped, landed on her hands, and sprung to her feet. "Sorry?" She asked, after a second. "What was that?" She looked at her glaring friend, and laughed. "Oh, is it about me making you laugh? I'm sorry, but I need to practice, and your the prefect audience." She paused, looking around the room, "You did call
All Here For A ReasonI turned onto a shady, well-manicured driveway that, for all intents and purposes, looked harmless enough. Maple trees lined both sides of the street, and a parade of Canadian geese marched across the road to a wide duck pond with a flamboyant fountain. There were blooming crepe myrtles and rose-of-sharons, and as I grew closer to my destination, neatly trimmed gardens with neatly trimmed bushes.
I stopped to let the geese pass. They looked at me; one hissed. I honked my horn and moved around them.
At the end of the road sat a collection of grayish buildings and a number of signs directing me to the appropriate parking lot. "Welcome to Ten Creeks Hospital," said one of them. "Please enjoy your stay." I parked in the visitor's lot. Surely I wouldn't be staying.
I was shaking when I got out of my car. I had spent the morning getting high. One foot in front of the other, flip-flop noises, hot sidewalk. Mulberry and magnolia trees, freshly shaved grass. A bench and pan for smokers. A set o
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