--the entire bandit gang was tied down and stretched out, their expressions ranging from dubious to mildly amused as an assortment of ladies from the Peacock attend to them. Once the line was arrayed for battle and their blades whetted along with their appetite, a reeve with a wooden mallet stepped around the row. The first lady stepped back, and the reeve drove the nail back into the board it jutted from.
"Now that i have your attention, I will ask this once for each of you. Where is the kidnapped infant prince?" his serious expression was underscored by the hoarse screaming of the bandit leader--