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 23: Consignment (Part 3)

For several seconds, my master stood over Mister Valentin’s snoring form, his spear clenched with both paws in a death-grip. Standing with his muzzle down and his ears back, he resembled little more than a frightened kit in his father’s uniform, the jacket and pants too large for his frame. He shuddered, his tail shivering […]

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 […]