Deal 1301: Dreamed

Gary was usually not this greedy. But presented with the flawless opportunity to advance his position, it was hard to say no. And the opportunity was flawless. All he had to do was provide a little information, harmless information, and the rewards would be beyond his dreams.

His dreams weren’t all that impressive, so that was going to be an easy target to meet.

Or it would have been, if things hadn’t changed so much overnight.

Yesterday, it was just a little harmless information.

Today, it is treason to even speak to the enemy.

And Gary’s dreams were doomed to remain unfulfilled.


Deal 1185: Choices

Sticking around was instinctual, as well as the right thing to do. Instinct wants me to simply cut and run. But that would leave someone in the lurch, a betrayal that I just cannot do.

There are many paths forward from this place. Almost all of them involve me being ready to let you proceed.

You have a free choice. I won’t try to influence you. My goal here is to protect our platform, not force any particular path on you.


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Leaves Fall Where They May:
On a puddle of rusty (#703102) are scattered
Traitor, Plurality, Free Will, Phone, and The Unknown.


Deal 1182: Taught

The betrayal was inevitable.

For a long time, we preyed on just enough travelers to keep us fed and clothed without being greedy.

But lately, the temptation to take more was always there.

And who better than to foment that temptation than the wandering bards and itinerant teachers who filled the heads of our younger members with grand ideals, tempting them to stray from our proven path.

And to think that we had been kind to them in their time of need.

My rule had been absolute. Take only the fat merchants, and then, only their purses and some of their goods. Take as little of their dignity as practical, lest they be motivated to do more than band together for protection.

Then we rescued that teacher from starvation.

And let him repay us in kind.

And now our youths are wondering if we have the right to prey on travelers. If we have the right to live as we have for decades.

All because we let a teacher in.


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Root and Branch:
Roots: balm, axe, and Phone
Branches: Grace, Learning, and Traitor


Deal 1165: Nonnet

with the tools of my trade in my hands
I am unbeatable, attend
meetings planning to see and
kill my target again
this time for sure, land
bomb or poisoned
pen and then