“It’s nearly dawn.”
Harald shook his head. “He’ll be on the move before the sun shows if we don’t get him trapped.”
Dag bit the inside of his cheek. He spotted the dark line of an arrow on the ground. Slowly, he snaked across the ground. The troll turned its head toward him. Dag held still. It sniffed, pulling Dag’s hair straight up and he floated an inch off the ground.
With a loud snort, Dag fell back to the ground again. He slipped the arrow beneath him and crawled backward to this spot beside Harald.
“Now your thinking, Boy. What are you thinking?” Harald asked.
Dag grinned. He patted the sleeping powder tied to his belt. Harald helped him tie it to the arrow. “It’s cracked. It won’t hold the weight.”
Harald pulled out a handkerchief from his pocket and poured some of the powder in the middle of the cloth. Dag kept an eye on the troll.
It became restless and started to stand up. First on one knee and then the other. “Hurry, he’s moving. The sun must be coming up.”
Harald fished around and found the bow that had fallen near the rocks where Dag had hidden. He grabbed the arrow from Dag and loaded the bow. He pointed as the troll howled and stood it’s full height. Dag fell back.
“Can’t do it. You’ll have to shoot him. Quick!” Harald’s hands shook. He handed the bow and arrow to Dag. “Hurry before he takes off running.”
Dag snatched Harald’s glasses off his face and positioned himself to shoot. He pulled back the arrow. ff
“Aim for his nose or mouth.” Harald grabbed the earth behind them and pulled himself up. He held onto the sack of powder.
Sweat beaded and ran down Dag’s face. He aimed at the nose. That’s when he saw her, slung over the giant troll’s shoulder like a sack of potatoes. Dag blinked. He lowered his aim.
She was alive! Dag couldn’t believe his eyes.
“Give me that you dumb fool!f” Harald wretched the bow from Dag’s grasp. He shot the arrow straight into the belly button of the troll.
It growled and plucked the arrow out like a splinter.
Leona was alive…
Dag stood and stared at the troll. It smashed its hand down toward him. Harald shoved him out of the way. The troll swooped Harald up in its grasp. “Go ahead you stupid oaf eat me!” Harald said.
“No!” Dag cried.