TITLE: ESCAPING THE FIRE
GENRE: YA HISTORICAL ADVENTURE
With a crack of his whip, the stone-faced driver urged on the straining horses. Hooves thundering, their carriage crashed through the town square, heading right toward Isobel de Toledo.
Isobel gasped and jumped back. Breathless, she watched the cart speed past and careen to a halt in front of the Casa de Ayumtamiento, the most imposing building on the square.
Frowning at the driver and shaking his fist, Xavier stepped beside her and regained his hold of Isobel"s arm. “Stay close to me or you'll be hurt. See what almost happened?” His voice was commanding, frosty.
The spicy smells of hot sausage, unwashed bodies, horse dung, and oranges faded from her mind. No matter what her intended said, she must find out more.
A heavy woman with droopy eyes peeked from behind her lacy fan. “It can't happen here.”
The woman's companion pawed at his mustache. “You're so naïve.”
Isobel tugged at the arm of Xavier's waistcoat. “What can't happen here? Can't we get closer? I want to hear everything.”
Xavier turned his stern voice and disapproving eyes toward her. “Isobel, we must leave now before something really bad takes place.”
Isobel tugged harder on his sleeve. “What bad thing could possibly happen here?”
Xavier turned to his sister, a thin woman whose head poked forward. Raefella reminded Isobel of a rabbit, with a nose that always seemed to be sniffing the air.