Just the Outlander chapter
The chapter starts with Lieutenant Esterhazy turning up at the door. Claire doesn’t question anything. She immediately requests that he helps her. However, she does note that Lieutenant Bembridge isn’t there.
It took me a while to remember who they were as Claire immediately recognized him. He was last spotted in Chapter 65 of the story. It was a small part, so I didn’t mind forgetting about him.
Esterhazy explains that he hasn’t seen Bembridge since the battle that night, but he is more concerned about Cunningham. They do worry that Bembridge may have been caught in the landslide, which Jamie is able to tell them about. It’s a tense moment, especially as Claire and Jamie wonder whether Esterhazy will take advantage of Jamie being weakened. Will he hold Jamie captive?
It’s very clear that Esterhazy is more concerned about his own men, though. Esterhazy helps Claire get Jamie to his bedroom, when Esterhazy asks for Claire to take note of all those who fought for the Loyalists. Jamie may remember, but he could also be dead the next day. So, Esterhazy wants a list.
Claire had thought that Cunninham’s injuries would mean that the battle is over. However, Jamie notes that there are still people who will want to hurt him. All the Loyalists need to go.
Jamie is now able to share what happened during the events of the night. Jamie didn’t shoot Cunningham in the back. He may not have even got a shot off at all, although Claire thinks that the ball in Cunningham’s forearm was from Jamie.
Before the night is over, there is a commotion. Cloudtree comes up to tell Jamie that he’s spoken to Scotchee, who says that Jamie will owe Scotchee “big time” for the ask. It sounds like the Cherokee have stepped away from the fight.