She was frightened now. The quirt fell from her hand with a thud. She loosed her hold upon her long riding skirt and tripped over it.
"Because I prefer to ask you, that's why—and to make you answer, too." Cairness sent one of the soldiers back to report their safety to Landor, and they mounted and hurried on again, swimming the river twice, and reaching the post some time after noon.
It was very short, but he held it a long time before he gave it back.