Just the Outlander chapter
The chapter starts with a rundown of problems Lord John Grey is facing. His eye is still injured, but we knew that. He also has ill-fitting shoes, so he’s getting blisters on his feet. On top of that, he didn’t get a canteen when he left so now he has no water. It’s a hot day, and he doesn’t seem to think too much about finding shade as he looks to keep himself out of dodge.
As he walks, he thinks about General Clinton and William. He can figure out where Clinton is based on his military knowledge, but he knows that William won’t be somewhere logical. John thinks about how much he wants to murder Richardson, and this is certainly another side to John than we’re used to seeing in the main books. I think this could be shocking to those who hadn’t ready the novellas first.
Sounds of the disorderly Continental forces pulls him out of his thoughts. He jumps out of the way as they pass, avoiding them seeing him. This gives him the chance to see the small cannons they have, and he wonders if that is all. Then he hears heavier cannon fire.
That’s the British Army, so he decides to head that way. He just needs to figure out how to get to the cannons without being shot at. Plans change when he’s forced to duck from the Americans again and then he hears drums. The drums are the British Army, and John knows that they won’t have weapons drawn. So, he decides that the infantry will be safer than the artillery.
If only he could get there. The Craddock boys turn up, and they want revenge for what happened to their father. They see John and immediately call him out as a traitor and spy. John can’t get away from them, so he decides to ask to see General Fraser. They weren’t expecting that, and that leads to his life being saved for just a little longer.