White Stag Trials Chapter 5: Blacksmiths and First-Forgers

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Here's a sneak peek of White Stag Trials Chapter 5: Blacksmiths and First-Forgers. You can read the rest of the chapter over on Channillo here. Curious about what Channillo.com is? I wrote about it on my Things I Use page. That's all for now, please enjoy and leave me a comment to let me know what you thought!

Greyplanes was still bustling with activity when Fin had come back from chasing the thief. Besides ‘Garrad’s General Goods’ many other shops in the town were experiencing a surge of business. Townspeople stood by and watched the visitors, some in horror but most in intrigue. Fin wondered whether they had been warned of the Trials coming to this small town, or if they were in the dark as much as the competitors were.
Fin made his way back to the general good store and was immediately greeted by Garrad, “Did you catch the thieving scoundrel?”
Fin thought for a moment, he couldn’t very well say that he had let him go after taking pity on him, “He got away.”
“He?” Garrad clamped his hands to his sides, “The rascal was completely cloaked, so unless-”
“I could tell by the way they ran.” Fin interrupted, “If I had known the layout of the town more I could have caught them, must be a local.”
Garrad glared for a few uncomfortable seconds before giving a firm  nod, “Makes sense.” He turned to go back into the store but paused and retrieved a small pouch from his apron. “Here,” he said tossing the sac at Fin, “For your trouble.” He didn’t wait to see if Fin caught the bag, instead withdrawing to his shop.
“You let him go didn’t you?” Whispered a voice beside Fin.
He turned his gaze to see Edmin beaming next to him, “How do you figure?”
“For the same reason you partnered up with me. You are lead along by your kindness.”
“I don’t know about that.” Fin said looking away.
Edmin just gave a firm nod, “It’s your fate string. Follow it and you’ll never be far from your destiny.”
“I’m not even going to pretend to understand you this time. Did you get your half of the supplies I wrote down?” he said trying to change the subject.
“Besides, you were gaining on them - I’ve never seen anyone run that fast before - I reckon you caught up to them in the planes. And yes,” Edmin held up a sackcloth bag, “I even finished getting your half of the list, you dropped it when you ran off.”
Fin smiled, “How much do I owe you?” ...


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