It’s the final Medieval Monday in the Villains theme and I’m finishing where I started with an excerpt from The Saxon Outlaw’s Revenge. The final excerpt picks up Constance’s story after Robert has taken his revenge on Aelric.
At the mercy of her enemy!
Abducted by Saxon outlaws, Constance Arnaud comes face to face with Aelric, a Saxon boy she once loved. He’s now her enemy, but Constance must reach out to this rebel and persuade him to save her life as she once saved his…
Aelric is determined to seek vengeance on the Normans who destroyed his family. Believing Constance deserted him, he can never trust her again. Yet, as they are thrown together and their longing for each other reignites, will Aelric discover that love is stronger than revenge?
‘You shamed me in public! For that alone I should beat you until you scream!’
Robert’s rage was incandescent. Constance looked to her sister but Jeanne sat, head bowed over her embroidery, and said nothing. She would get no support there.
‘The boy did not deserve death.’
‘Never mind that. What were you doing befriending Saxon filth?’ Robert turned to his wife. ‘Madam, is your sister a wanton?’
‘No, my lord,’ Jeanne answered meekly. ‘Her behaviour is as shocking to me as it is to you.’
Constance’s scalp prickled. If Robert knew the truth about what had passed between her and Aelric his wrath would be too great to withstand. Robert seized hold of Constance by the arm and dragged her roughly to her bed, flinging her on to the straw mattress.
‘You are almost seventeen. It’s time you were married. In the morning I’m sending you to a convent until I can find a husband who can tame you.’
He stormed out, leaving Constance holding her face and trembling with anger.
What will the future hold for Aelric and Constance? Discover their story in The Saxon Outlaw’s Revenge.
Look out for another Medieval Mondays theme coming soon.