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Here's another excerpt from The Protector (An Outer Rim Novel: Book 3). I skipped ahead a little from last week's snippet. The townspeople have gathered in Rissa's tavern for an emergency meeting.
Apologies for the misuse of commas.
Merchant Graeson climbed up on a chair and whistled shrilly—that got everyone’s attention, “We had a dangerous incident last night, here’s Rissa to tell you about it.”
With a grimace she forced herself to hide, Rissa came around from behind the bar. She’d hoped Graeson would explain about the incident—no such luck.
“Four tendays ago I warned you about—”
“This better not be about slave traders again,” A short, round man from one of the farms stood, “that ain’t gonna happen here.”
As murmurs of agreement began, Sophira’s spouse stood, “Shut up, Ramus—it can and it did, last night.” Murmurs stopped, and when silence met his announcement, he said, “Traffickers took our baby.”
The audience responded with gasps.
Another man stood, “And they tried to take my boy.”
And then another, “Mine, too—if it weren’t for Miz Rissa and her friends, our boys would be sold for slaves, and that baby sold to rich people in the Central District.”
“We should have listened to Miz Rissa last time,” Sophira said.
Who knew rescuing two girls from traffickers would bring down a world of hurt?
After tavern owner Rissa Dix rescues two girls from a slave ship, she must rally the townsfolk to prevent traffickers from returning. Mining heir Dillan Rusteran has loved her for years. Little do they know that by rescuing more children they're tangling with a galactic trafficking ring.