were exchanged between his father and one who introduced himself as a
chieftain of the Nomar tribe and he sounded a little short tempered.
“Where are you taking such a large company?”
the Ingaray villages along the border,” answered Trinel. “We are
bringing them food and basic necessities.”
chieftain grunted, “Did we give you leave to pass through our land?”
drop of sweat slipped into Talon’s right eye and he wiped his brow with
but safe passage was guaranteed by both the Ingaray and the house of...”
words are useless here.” The chieftain spat. “You forfeit
all goods to us for this transgression. Leave the baggage carts and
go home at once.”
heard a sloshing clinking sound like someone’s hands going through coins
in a small chest. Then he heard his father’s voice again.
“I offer this gold to you as a payment for passage but do not take the
are not your people. Why do you care?”
am I.” Then the chieftain said, apparently to his men, “Take it
then heard something he didn’t expect: his mother’s voice.
“And leave those people with nothing?”
chieftain asked, “Is she yours?”
chieftain laughed. “Will you offer her to us now too?”