For Six Sentence Sunday this week, I'm presenting an excerpt from Chapter 16 of The Bones of the Earth: Dragon Attack.
A little context: the hero, his mentor and his lover have arrived at a Roman outpost, a once abandoned fortress on the southern slopes of the Transylvanian Alps. Valgus, the commander of the Roman legion there, has allowed a group of local people to take refuge in the fortress temporarily, because they're running from a dragon.
The hero, Javor, wakes up in the middle of the night to a huge tumult. He runs out to find that his lover, Danisa, has taken his most prized possession. He catches up to her when:
They turned a corner and were suddenly in the hell of the courtyard. The noise was maddening: women shrieked, children wailed, men shouted and cried, soldiers shouted orders and replies and pleas for help. People were still running and fires leapt high, silhouetting the bulk of the dragon which had walked to the far end of the courtyard. It had dropped the two women it had held before; Javor didn’t know if they were alive or dead. The dragon deliberately swept down buildings and stepped directly on the well just to see it break. Spears and arrows continued to bounce harmlessly off its shiny reddish scales.
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