A few days Madrid was evacuated, and all the French forces, with the exception of the garrisons of San Sebastian (3000), Pampeluna (3000), Santona (1500), and the troops under Suchet holding posts in Catalonia and Valencia, had retired across the Pyrenees into France.
The porch posts were black metal with a filigree design.
Her legs felt like posts, but she drug one foot in front of another until the ground under her feet seemed to change.
There were unmistakable signs of hastened activity: guards lined up to draw horses from the stables while several more hurried from their posts atop a wall to the area near Sirian.
Rough cedar posts that still had remnants of limbs supported the porch roof, and an old vine rocker sat beside the door.