One step in a hole and she could lie out here mortally wounded with no one to know.
De Ruyter, who led the van, was mortally wounded.
There was a moment of realization as he understood her brave actions, and then a snap as the line let loose and he tumbled backwards like some mortally wounded game bird shot from the sky, arms outstretched, scream muffled in his mask.
"Mamma," said Sonya, "Prince Andrew is here, mortally wounded.
A desperate scuffle took place, Ryan being mortally wounded by Fitzgerald with a dagger, while Lord Edward himself was only secured after Sirr had disabled him with a pistol bullet in the shoulder.