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Dwarf's Ransom - Preview 3Dwarf's Ransom - Preview 3 by ML-Larson
He poked at the meat again before using his knife to cut a piece away. He gave the first cut to Jari before taking his own and sitting back on the grass. It was the first hot meal Jari had had in days, and as much as he wanted to savour it, he couldn't. It had been too long since he'd had anything that wasn't dry and stale, and he devoured what he was given before he could stop himself. He might have felt ashamed for it, if not for Loki behaving the same way, stopping only to retrieve the second wine bottle from his bag. As Jari cut off another piece from the roasting deer, he heard approaching hoof beats. He turned to see who came upon them, and when he saw Odin atop his horse, Jari felt his blood grow hot. He turned to Loki, but before he could even begin to accuse him of subterfuge, Loki shrugged.
"We need him," Loki said, resigned.
"We don't," Jari argued.
"We do," said Loki as he cut off another piece of the deer for himself. "They'l
Dwarf's Ransom Preview #2Dwarf's Ransom Preview #2 by ML-Larson
"We ride through the night," Odin declared as the lake narrowed and the river began to flow north once again.
"I say we camp," Loki said, yawning loudly. "You can stay up and watch all night."
The idea of camping out in the open beside the lake was not an appealing one, but Jari couldn’t bring himself to disagree with Loki. ”I can’t go on,” he said, feeling like he could fall over at any moment.
"I’m tired. My dwarf’s tired. The horses are tired. We’re camping," Loki said. He slid off his horse and onto the ground, taking the spike with him and driving it into the dirt, killing any argument there.
They had no firewood with them, but there were enough trees and fallen branches nearby to work with. Rather than wrestling with the flint and steel, trying to get it to light grass and moss that was too wet, Loki built the fire with magic, lighting their pit instantly. With the last light from the