Alisen held her breath, knowing it was too late. Suddenly, a large shape hurtled out of the darkness, hitting both men in one stroke and throwing them both to the ground. It was Rudolph. He fell on top of them, carried forward by his momentum. Alisen's breath caught in her throat and she wanted to scream. Both men were obviously stronger than Rudolph, and without the advantage of surprise, he hadn't a chance. She leapt down from the tree to help, but slipped on the green cloth below and stumbled into Rudolph's arms.