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 […]

Bonds of Silver, Bonds of Gold 23: Consignment (Part 1)

The sounds of battle grew louder the deeper into Baris we snuck. With Mister Valentin’s pronouncement ringing in my ears alongside the cries and conflict, my heart pounded in my chest more heavily with every step. In my mind’s eye, Miss Datsia’s loyalists lurked around every corner, and a volley of arrows threatened to fly […]

Bonds of Silver, Bonds of Gold 13: Swindle (Part 3)

At Mister Dion’s words, Miss Datsia’s ears perked atop her head and her tail bushed out behind her. Her muzzle hung slightly open, and she blinked, as if too surprised to respond otherwise. Once the initial shock of the news passed, though, her shoulders fell and she let out a long and heavy sigh. Then […]

Bonds of Silver, Bonds of Gold 13: Swindle (Part 2)

I stayed in bed for an hour after Mister Valentin’s departure, but no position remained comfortable for long. Despite the rest and the sage’s tending, I hurt from the top of my head to my knees. A dull pain throbbed in my side, my stomach felt knotted, my back’s complaints from lying down had become […]