Now available at an Internet near you: the latest edition of LORE with one of my short stories in it!
(Lore, Volume 2, Number 3.)
Here’s the opening:
A little paranoia is healthy in a soldier, and Gaius Antonius Marcellus was a good soldier.
Marcellus did not question the prickly feeling of being targeted. He reacted to it. That reflex had left him with scratches instead of gaping wounds as he rose through the Legion ranks; it saved him from many Gallic spears in his campaigns as a Centurion; and it even warned him of political dangers through this first year as Legatus Legionis, the garrison commander. It had never failed him.
For half a month he had felt it — the hairs alert on the back of his neck — but he could not find the source. And facing the unknown was worse than facing an enemy’s sword.
And, just so you know that this is science fiction rather than fantasy, a tiny spoiler: the alien spacecraft shows up in the next paragraph.by