TITLE: The Binder's Web
GENRE: YA Fantasy
Caryn urged her mare to hurry. The sooner she found her brother, the less chance there was of anyone noticing her absence at Caer Penrhyn. With the bustle over the crown prince’s visit, it’d been easier than usual to sneak out. Gwain didn’t get away from his duties at Caer Traeth often enough, and when he did, she rarely had him to herself. She missed him.
Gwain’s message had worried Father, but if there had been a tragedy, surely the messenger would have told his king. Gwain had asked for a private family dinner to discuss something of grave importance. Important news needn’t be bad.
Oak and maple trees, dripping with snow, minimized the sunlight to bright spots that skittered from the wind, blue highlights crawling through Raven’s black mane. The thought of those highlights crawling through her own hair made Caryn’s scalp itch, but she resisted the urge to scratch. Raven’s ears had perked up, and the way she kept pulling right suggested there was another horse that way.
The crossroads at the bottom of the slope would afford Caryn the best advantage for surprising her brother, but he should be approaching from her left. It was the wrong time of day for patrols to be returning from the coast. Could Gwain have anticipated her plan and hidden to catch her off guard? It would be like him.
Caryn stroked Raven's neck. “Quiet. I don't think they know we're here.”
Down the slope, a horse snorted.