“I told you three was too many.” Gavin’s voice growled from outside the wagon.“Yes, yes, you are blessed with endless foresight.
Please, remind me of your opinions when I’m counting our take, I’ll cut a third from you.” Reynard drawled.The sound of boots on hard ground moved to the back of the wagon. The door jerked open.
Reynard and Gavin looked in on the three women, the image of two mummers masks, Reynard the beaming joker and Gavin the scowling tragedy.
“Now ladies, who’s been making such a racket?” Reynard smiled. The women remained silent. Reynard tsked. “I know most of you know what not speaking when spoken too will get you.
” He winked conspiratorially but no one spoke up. Calia’s grip tightened on Rhinn’s shoulders, an attempt to hide her shaking.Reynard shrugged.
“Probably the new girl, wouldn’t you say Gavin?” Gavin only grunted. “All right, come on out.” He waved his hand at Rhinn, beckoning her towards him as if he had a secret to share.
Calia and Freyja did not release her.“No! She’ll be quiet, she just didn’t know.” Calia pleaded.“We can only hope she is a faster study than you were, peach.” He blew her a kiss in mock apology.
“This won’t take long.” His hand lashed out and grabbed the chain at Rhinn’s ankles. He pulled her across the short distance with surprising strength.
Rhinn struck just as quickly, slamming her foot down hard on his hand. He swore, releasing his grip. She repositioned herself to land another kick but Gavin was on her in a flash.
In a blink she was face down in the mud behind the wagon. She struggled to get to her feet but a boot hit her hard between the ribs.
All the air left her lungs and she collapsed into the dirt.Reynard crouched down next to her and grabbed a handful of her hair, drawing her face up within inches of his own.
His breath was fresh and too sweet, it made her want to gag as it forced its way inside her. He was no longer smiling.
“It is unfortunate that our old friends didn’t explain the rules to you, our very new friend.
They aren’t complicated and I have faith that you will have no trouble following them, you seem like a smart girl. Are you a smart girl?” He nodded her head for her.
His fingers digging deep into her scalp.Rhinn spat in his face. He calmly wiped it away.“You’re right, that was condescending, I apologize.” His fist hit her hard in the stomach.
She doubled over in pain but did not cry out. He pulled her back upright. “The rules are simple. You are to be quiet and you are to do as you are told.” He punched her again.
“This is your only lesson. We do our very best to provide our clients with whole product but they understand that sometimes a finger or a tongue go missing.
” He patted her face before throwing her aside. Gavin landed another kick in her side before throwing her back into the wagon and barring the door.