Dominic raised his longsword into what he hoped was a threatening stance: blade high above his left shoulder, his right elbow pointed forward. He tried to slow his breathing, lest it reveal his fear. First one foot right and then the other, he slid from the forest road, careful to avoid the fallen limbs that lay in wait just below the floor of ferns. The short man he kept in his sights, but the taller man, the one with the club, was getting behind him...Latest short story has been published* at Men of the West in 2 parts (Part 1, Part 2). Enjoy!
* It was previously published in LC Mortimer's Anthology Swords of Darkness, FWIW.