We join Labren and Eve on the morning they part ways with their traveling companions, a caravan of wagons.
The next morning Labren woke to the sounds of camp breaking. Thankfully Eve still slept. He extracted himself from bed and dressed. By the time he swung down, the women around them were up to their elbows in the morning’s dishes and the men occupied preparing their horses.
Finding Ulysses took him ten minutes.
“Ulysses,” he said as he approached the wagon of a young family with a pretty daughter. The boy turned from flirting to grimace at Labren.
“I have business with you.”
“What business could you have with me?” His tone oozed confident bravo for the benefit of his audience. The girl watched doe-eyed. “You broke off with my father, as I understand.”
“I did. The issue isn’t with him. It is with you. You assaulted my wife.”
“She asked for it.”
A harsh laugh tore from Labren’s throat. “She didn’t.”
“Don’t be so sure, old man. Just because she is married to you, you think she is dead to the charms of men her own age.” Ulysses ran a hand through his long hair and looked pointedly at Labren’s weaker leg. “She needed a real man, someone who doesn’t need to be waited on or assisted in and out of a wagon.”
“I will only warn you once. Prepare to defend yourself.”“You wouldn’t dare.” Ulysses presented his back.
Question: What do you think Labren will do?
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