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corners of his eyes. "Now, Senors Cut-throats, do you still wish to
deliver that message?"
The answer of the Spaniards, who saw themselves thus unexpectedly
out-matched, was to turn and run, whereon one of the serving-men,
picking up a big stone that lay in the path, hurled it after them with
all his force. It struck the hindmost Spaniard full in the back, and so
heavy was the blow that he fell on to his face in the mud, whence he
rose and limped away, cursing them with strange, Spanish oaths, and
"Now," said Peter, "I think that we may go home in safety, for no more
messengers will come from Andrew to-day."
"No," gasped Margaret, "not to-day, but to-morrow or the next day they
will come, and oh! how will it end?"
"That God knows alone," answered Peter gravely as he sheathed his sword.
When the story of this attempt was told to Castell he seemed much
"It is clear that they have a blood-feud against you on account of that
Scotchman whom you killed in self-defence," he said anxiously. "Also
these Spaniards are very revengeful, nor have they forgiven you for
calling the English to your aid against them. Peter, I fear that if you
go abroad they will murder you."
"Well, I cannot stay indoors always, like a rat in a drain," said Peter
crossly, "so what is to be done? Appeal to the law?"
"No; for you have just broken the law by killing a man. I think you had
best go away for a while till this storm blows over."
"Go away! Peter go away?" broke in Margaret, dismayed.
"Yes," answered her father. "Listen, daughter. You cannot be married at
once. It is not seemly; moreover, notice must be given and arrangement
made. A month hence will be soon enough, and that is not long for you to
wait who only became affianced yesterday. Also, until you are wed, no
word must be said to any one of this betrothal of yours, lest those
Spaniards should lay their feud at your door also, and work you some
mischief. Let none know of it, I charge you, and in company be distant
to each other, as though there were nothing between you."
"As you will, Sir," replied Peter; "but for my part I do not like all
these hidings of the truth, which ever lead to future trouble. I say,
let me bide here and take my chance, and let us be wed as soon as
"That your wife may be made a widow before the week is out, or the house
burnt about our ears by these rascals and their following? No, no,
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