Bond (Varonian Nights, Chapter 5)
Author: Tom Bruno
Title: Bond (Varonian Nights, Chapter Five)
Genre: Fantasy/Crossbow Noir
It was times like this that Deccio Solamni wished he were a hit man. Killing people was easy – you pulled the trigger of your crossbow and collected your paycheck, simple as that. Sure, you might have to get a little bloody if you were a lousy shot and had to finish the job by hand, but a real professional dealt in swift and painless death.
Solamni however was a bounty hunter, which means that he had to not only track his quarry but bring them back alive to face their creditors, who had nothing better to do than to dream up new ways to punish those foolish or desperate enough to skip a bond. Whereas a skilled assassin could murder a man in his sleep, a bounty hunter had no choice but to render his prey alive and kicking, all the while begging for mercy and pleading for a second chance, neither of which it was his place to grant.