Chapter 35: The Loyal Servant

Night 383, Innisman Brighid squirmed in her sleep and grabbed her arm. She cried out in pain. She crawled away from the ax but it fell again, into her skin. She screamed out again and reached for her spear as she fell to the ground, a soft field of grass on the outskirts of Limerick…

Chapter 34: Brynhildr’s Mother

Day 382, Limerick of the MacManus   Brynhildr sat on the docks with Aisling and watched her daughter run up and down the wooden planks. She watched Aisling’s strawberry blonde hair fly out behind her as the breeze caught her tresses and danced it around her face. She giggled as the wind rushed at her…

Chapter 33: Fiachra and Kinvara

Night 376, Isle of Searbh   Kinvara laid in a hammock beside Fiachra and they both looked at the fire. “I already told you she was different, can’t we talk about something else?” “But that’s all you told me. I want to know her better, know her more than Biorn so maybe she’ll realize how…

Chapter 32: The Faerie and the Storm

Day 381, Isle of Searbh Kinvara had sat in her room and looked at the walls. The lone lantern light danced on the walls, the wind pushing the flame back and forth. She sat and thought about Vidar, her heart ached for his friendship. This was a new level of loneliness. Kinvara was glum, with…

Conn and Tearlag

40 years before Exile, Tearlag and Conn get married. Were they ever happy together?

Chapter 31: Tearlag’s Court

Day 376, Galway of the O’Connors Roisin yawned and adjusted in her chair, three hours’ sleep and Tearlag insisted she begin sitting at Court like Saoirse and Brynhildr used to do. Roisin yawned again and waved for a servant. “Might I have a cup of tea, thank you.” Roisin whispered, “One for Seamus too, please.”…

Chapter 30: Inishmaan

Day 375, Galway Bay   The winds rose and Vidar yanked the sails back into place while the ropes creaked and the waves moaned as they shoved them parallel to the shore. The barrier island, Inishmaan, was in sight.  They needed more strength to get there. A wave smashed over the side, drenching them all….