With Finale and Balancing the Scales complete, my mind whirled at the story for my historical fiction. Thankfully, a few sources of inspiration whirled through my mental landscape and a rough draft flew through my fingers. I was excited to expand on Samuel’s story, yet a couple of other stories vied for attention. The first was Support your Local Sheriff, and the second was the pilot episode of Firefly. It only took a slight effort to weave Mal’s determination into Samuel’s character, since he was marching steadily in that direction, anyway.
Yet, the concept of locking someone up whose family would be irate was interesting to weave into a more serious tale. After a handful of drafts, I’m happy with the conclusion of this story, while leaving it open to future installments.
Tuck yourself into a quiet corner and join me as we explore Samuel’s latest foray.
After securing a dangerous criminal, Samuel drags him to the nearest town to collect his bounty…
When Perl’s talons racked the earth, the dragon dropped in front of a building and curled into a ball next to the entrance. Samuel patted the beast’s neck as air flooded past his lips. He turned around and loosened the bonds of the bundle behind him. The moment the final leather thong fell upon Pearl’s back, Samuel shoved the rough blanket under the main strap of his dragon’s harness. “Wake up Jameson.”
“Sleeping is not easy when you’re strapped to a dragon.”
“Your lack of rest isn’t my concern. Though once I’ve deposited you into the cell, you can sleep until the judge arrives.”
As the grimy and ramshackle man sat up, his gaze drifted toward the looming structure. His shoulders fell as he drew his thumb across his lip. “You didn’t have to catch me.”
With a scoff, Samuel loosened the lashings securing him to Pearl. “Of course, I had to capture you.”
“I offered to make it worth your while.”
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