Ties of Iron, Ties of Blood: Deal, Part 1

Justik, son of late Jedrik, ambassador to Barony Deterikh, dropped from the saddle of his horse and took a moment to appreciate the feel of ground beneath his hinds. Three days in the saddle and two nights on a bedroll beside the road had left him sore, exhausted, and hungry for anything but ridebread and […]

Bonds of Silver, Bonds of Gold 25: Closure

As we’d been instructed, both Rikeh and I knelt just inside the door to the baron’s parlor. Our heads bowed, we waited with paws on parted knees, anticipating our master’s return. When it opened, we both lifted our head and called out, “Hello, master!” in unison. Master Valentin, Baron Deterikh, replied with a groan as […]

Bonds of Silver, Bonds of Gold 24: Satisfaction (Part 3)

Seconds stretched into minutes with my pet’s head in my lap. At Miss Aura’s direction, I kept my attentions as much as I could on my pet, ignoring my own growing discomfort from being pinned beneath him. I stroked his muzzle and murmured softly to him to keep him calm, occasionally asking him questions to […]

Bonds of Silver, Bonds of Gold 24: Satisfaction (Part 2)

As soon as the darkness had passed from the room, I heard the rattle of chainmail as every guard’s attention came to rest on me. Leather snapped and steel clinked against steel as the brought spear and mace to bear in my direction. “He’s killed the regent!” I heard behind me, one voice out of […]

Bonds of Silver, Bonds of Gold 23: Consignment (Part 2)

The weatherworn shed still stood beside the slaves’ entrance, its front door slightly ajar. Weeds crawled through the furrows of peas and squash, and the kale was beginning to brown and wilt. The rainbarrel beside the door was half-full, and a few soggy leaves floated in the water inside. The door to the scullery itself […]