Esdras procured a shield job on a westbound caravan, which Haera quickly decided was a mistake. Broad-hipped and blue-eyed, every cart driving merchant was a woman, and Caeradin and Baenar’s lewd jeers began immediately.
Disgust growing with each catcall, Haera was surprised and impressed when the merchant women halted their horned mules and descended on the men with obsidian blades and acid tongues.
Confounded, Caeradin, and Baenar fell silent. Afraid to be given a coward’s mantle by grinning Ashanai, the chastised men disappeared into the scrub-topped hills ahead.
Mood lifting, Haera was content to ride in their wake.
Written for The Prediction, Shepherdess is an ongoing epic fantasy flash fiction story featuring Haera, a warrior who put her bloody past behind her. When her old crew comes calling, she finds herself back where it all started. This week’s challenge words were coward, jeer, wake.
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