By Douglas Hill
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A deep sadness grew in his eyes as he gazed round at them all. " "Dwindling? " Scythe demanded. "Deaths," Cryl said darkly. "Talent after Talent has been located by the Enemy's evil gaze, and now they are no more. " Archer and Scythe had visibly flinched as each name had been intoned. " Scythe asked bleakly. Cryl hesitated. "If you three had not saved Jarral, there would be... " Mandra asked shrilly. Cryl's nod was slow and heavy. Scythe's voice sounded remote and metallic. "Then our way is clear.
Enough to stop at nothing to find us," Scythe said tersely. "We'll be dodging soldiers from now on. " Archer glanced quickly at Jarral, but the boy, standing calmly beside Hob, had apparently not heard. " he asked hopefully. Archer relaxed, while Mandra allowed herself a small proud smile. In the days following Cryl's astral visit, and the beginning of their journey, Jarral had begun to sink deeper into the blank numbness that was close to despair. What Cryl had said, and the wizard's inability to heal him on the spot, seemed an end to hope.
Jarral stared at her suspiciously. Yet there had not been the slightest tinge of sarcasm in her voice. " he asked. "Yes, I do," Mandra said firmly. "And it makes me all the more sorry for calling you cowardly before. " Jarral replied, almost without thinking, "That's all right. " 102 BLADE OF THE POISONER For a second Mandra drew herself up, mouth taut, eyes flashing. But then Archer spluttered with uncontrollable laughter, and even Scythe's smile almost widened into a grin. Mandra's lips trembled slightly—and then she burst into giggles.