the smuggler’s bible

Balin le Savage

Balin is the last to give it a shot, but he pulls the sword out of the scabbard and he makes it look easy. It’s amazing the things some people consider witchcraft these days.

“I guess I kinda didn’t expect anybody to get it,” the dame running the show says.

“Yeah, it’s just a trick. You gotta draw it with your left—”

“I know how it works. Now, give it back before life unpacks some serious consequences.”

“Lady, is that a threat?” Balin says.

He keeps the sword, and he lives long enough to regret it—but only just.