Downwards, Rats in a Sack and The Forlorn Hope are the twenty-nineth, thirtieth and thirty-first chapters in Best Served Cold.
Chapter Summary Edit
Monza’s crew ride into Visserine. Morveer isn’t happy to be entering a city about to be put to siege by Duke Orso's army, but that's exactly why Monza chose this destination; after the murder of Prince Ario she will be hunted, so a warzone is a safe a place to be. Shiver is also sullen, brooding on the whore he accidentally killed in Cardotti’s; killing women is a long way from being a better man.
Monza’s safe-house here is a five story tower. However, inside they find that a destitute family have taken up residence. Much to Morveers chagrin, Monza allows them to stay as long as they keep to the lower part of the house. When Morveer goes off in a huff, Monza begins to work on Day, warning her that if her master betrays her to Orso, he will obviously need to blame someone else for Ario’s death; Day. As Monza assigns rooms to everyone, Shivers looks baffled when she decides to bed-in with him.
Later, Cosca joins Monza on the roof, clutching a wine jug filled he claims with water, although Monza is somewhat sceptical. To convince her he splashes water in her face, but this is just a distraction to start fencing as they used to years ago. Cosca holds his own well for quite a while, but eventually tires, and gets a knee in the fruits for effort.
As Cosca recovers, Vitari joins them, never one to miss an opportunity to mock Cosca. As they look out, General Ganmark’s forces appear on the horizon; the siege of Visserine has begun. Monza outlines her plan, to steal Talinese uniforms, and infiltrate palace. Then when Ganmark comes for Duke Salier’s art collection, they’ll kill him. Cosca suggestion that it would be far easier just to walk into the palace since Salier is an old friend, fall on deaf ears in the sceptical crowd.
Later, Friendly and Cosca are at the breach in the walls of Visserine, collecting the Talinese uniforms they need. Friendly is almost manic in the chaos, but Cosca manages to calm him with his wild revelling in the carnage of war.
|Caul Shivers||Grand Duke Orso|
|Monza Murcatto||Prince Ario|
|Nicomo Cosca||General Ganmark|
|Friendly||Grand Duke Salier|
Locations and Terms Edit
|Visserine||Styria||Cardotti’s House of Leisure||Talins|