By Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell
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The fair-haired youth’s skinny fingers dangled at his aspect, his palms plucking on the frayed cuffs of his sleeves. His older brother folded his palms. His fists have been clenched. They have been either bone-thin and wearing tattered plains’ outfits that spoke to Micah of an laborious trip up the following to the excessive nation, lately made. ‘I’m Ethan, and this here's Cody,’ stated the fair-haired formative years. ‘We are certainly brothers. The younger woman used to be correct on that rating . . . ’ He glanced over at Cara. ‘We’re clean to the weald and we’re no longer searching for no hassle. Leastways, no longer this early on in our new careers. ’ He tried a grin. Beside him, his heavy-set brother endured to glare at Micah. Micah smiled again. ‘We ain’t either,’ he acknowledged quietly. ‘Name’s Micah. And this can be Cara. ’ He frowned, then further, ‘When did you final consume? ’ ‘A week since,’ acknowledged Ethan. He nodded again on the splaywyrme, now mendacity nonetheless contained in the longnet. He shrugged, his fingers prior to him, hands up. ‘I hoped this wyrme may make us an excellent meal, however the rattling factor certain is tough to despatch . . . ’ ‘Like I acknowledged, they could be,’ Micah stated. ‘Unless you recognize the knack to it. ’ He smiled to himself, knowing how he needs to sound to those greenhorns. The voice of expertise. He bent down and flipped the splaywyrme onto its again with the end of his boot, then, together with his hackdagger, speedily slit the creature’s neck. The wyrme convulsed for a few moments, then lay nonetheless. whilst Micah spoke back, there has been a definite drawl to his phrases. ‘Got to do it quickly, y’understand, and with a pointy blade, so the creature doesn’t undergo any further than it must. appreciate wyrmekind and use what they need to provide to the whole and you’ll prosper within the weald. ’ He paused. ‘A buddy taught me that. ’ He dragged the lifeless wyrme out of the internet via its hindlegs and held it up. ‘Either of you boys know the way to dermis a wyrme? ’ Ethan nodded vigorously. ‘I reckon i will deal with it,’ he stated. ‘I used to pores and skin jackrabbits and squirrels again at the farm. ’ ‘Well, get right down to it,’ Micah stated, ‘while we get a fireplace going. ’ He glanced over his shoulder. The circling carrionwyrmes had are available to land a bit method off and stood peering again at them, their yellow eyes glinting with starvation and stubby barbels quivering on the corners in their fang-fringed mouths. ‘There’s brushwood down there a piece,’ he acknowledged, pointing again the way in which he and Cara had come. ‘Want to aid us assemble it, Cody? ’ Cody was once taking a look at Cara. ‘Cody? ’ stated Micah. ‘The brushwood? ’ ‘Uh-huh,’ Cody grunted. An hour later, because the solar set and the carrionwyrmes skittered and twisted up within the distance, the 4 of them sat crosslegged round a small fireplace, feasting at the splaywyrme meat and tossing the picked bones into the flames. Micah famous the have fun with within the brothers’ eyes as they chewed and swallowed. ‘You certain it’s simply been per week because you final ate? ’ he requested. ‘I swear them carrionwyrmes couldn’t have performed a greater task than you at stripping the bones. ’ Cody shrugged, and Ethan laughed good-naturedly.