The city of Trin had been called Trinity many ages ago. Many small wars and battles had been fought over it. Now there was peace but it was not always an easy peace. The city was in the junction of three rivers and at the junction of three countries. There were three city lords, one from each country.
The city had hundreds of man made stone canals instead of streets. On each side of a canal was a walk that bordered the houses, stores or shops. To the southeast between the river and one branch was Norman. To the southwest between the river and another branch was Cidney. The last third was to the north and spanned the branches into the main river and called Antha.
Together they made up the city of Trin. The city had three different city Guardsmen, one for each sector but there was a fourth. They were simply called the Watch and handled disputes between areas of the city and or Guardsmen. Unlike the uniforms of the three areas theirs was a plain grey.
I swung down from the horse and looked around as I stretched. I had asked my duke for something different and he had sent me here. Granted I had grown up beside a large river but this was something else. I turned and moved to the pack horse and pulled off the two packs. I nodded to the caravan master, “thank you sir.”
He smiled, “anything for a friend.”
I grinned as I shouldered one pack and turned to walk into the city. I had a map of sorts but the place I was going to was not marked and did not have anything to show what it was. I crossed a lot of high arched foot bridges before I came to the first large one over the eastern branch of the river.
This one was stone and had several huge stone supports under it. A city guardsman in red was at the southeastern end and when I reached the other side the city guardsman wore a dark blue uniform. He looked at me as I turned and headed southwest towards the point. There were a lot more bridges before I stopped and looked at an intersection of canals.
I looked at the signs and crossed a last bridge and walked into a large shop. The shopkeeper glanced at me while helping a woman. I touched a bronze clasp I was told to wear and he gestured towards the back of the shop. When I stepped through the curtain a tall woman in a grey uniform looked up from a desk.
She sat back as she looked me over, “you would be Hunter Cartir.”
I nodded and she gestured to a table, “set your things there.”
I put the packs on the table and she pointed to a chair, “first we do not wear edged weapons except a single knife. Each of the three sections have a Watch house. Each is behind a shop and hidden. We are not the city Guardsmen. When they can not cross from one area into another they contact us.”
She nodded to a map, “we are the only law that is allowed to cross into all three sections of the city. When we arrest someone we take them to the Guardsmen to face a judge or magister. With all the canals and water it is a very bad idea to wear armor.”
I snorted and then grinned, “and walking takes time.”
She nodded, “did you notice the system of ropes over every canal?”
I nodded and she smiled, “besides poling the street barges or boats they usually use those to pull them up stream using a type of pole with a catch on the end. Once you learn the canals it is easy to get where you are going. For now you will be assigned here. Through the other door is our supply and headquarters.”
She looked me over, “try to find a place to stay that is not far. There is a list of places on the wall by the supplies. Draw uniforms and get them fitted and be back tomorrow morning. Our shifts can go from twelve hours to as long as we need you.”
The uniform turned out to be very comfortable and did not take long to get fitted. Instead of a night stick I found a staff. I used iron studs and tacked them around on each end and added a brass foot cap on both ends. I looked at the list of places to stay and went to grab my packs. I went north and crossed two canals before I entered an old tavern.
There were several people already here even though it was early. The man behind the bar looked ancient and I nodded to him, “I am here about a room.”
He might look extremely old but I saw the way his eyes searched me and stopped on the bronze clasp. He nodded, “a silver a week.”
I agreed and he moved out from behind the bar, “I am Jacob.”
I began to follow him, “Hunter.”
He led me up to the attic and opened the door and I stepped in and looked around. It was very large and had two standing closets, a table and a wide bed. I set everything down, “perfect.”
I pulled out my belt pouch and fished out a silver and handed it to him. He nodded and handed me a key before leaving. I took a deep breath and began to unpack and put everything into one of the closets. I changed and went out and walked around the area to learn it. I ate in a small corner eatery and then returned to my room and went to bed.
I was up early and dressed in the grey uniform and left. When I stepped into the shop a slim man in a uniform like mine turned. He nodded and gestured as he headed for the door, “you are with me.”
He strode out and turned to the left and I followed. It was not long before I realized we were headed to the southeast, “we going to Norman?”
He glanced at me, “they had a kin killing that went into Cidney. The Guard on the south bridge will have the name and description of the wanted man.”
I walked beside him and when we reached the bridge the Guardsmen on this side frowned at us. The ones on the other side just looked pissed. I leaned on the staff and Eric, my partner growled, “you have his name and description?”
One of the Guardsman glared, “about your height. Sandy hair wearing grey pants and a brown button shirt, the buttons are horn. His name is Mort Clemins and you will find him at the Scarlet Fish.”
I shifted, “why are you angry at us?”
Eric glanced at me and started to open his mouth. The Guardsman spit, “I should have the right to go get him.”
I straightened, “trade me clothes. You can leave me your weapons and take my staff and you can go get him.”
Eric stiffened as the Guardsman snorted, “give you my weapons? I am not giving you my weapons.”
I shrugged, “if you want to go after him you can wear my clothes but we are not allowed edged weapons.”
The Guardsmen looked at each other and I turned and then looked back, “I feel sorry for you. You get to carry a sword and dagger and if someone attacks you they get killed. Now us ... when we get attacked we have night sticks and staffs but we get to beat them bloody so they get to feel it longer.”
I started walking and Eric fell in and looked at me. Behind us I heard chuckling and he shook his head, “offering to exchange clothes?”
I grinned, “they enjoy their fancy uniform and the weapons.”
He grinned, “and now they are thinking.”
I nodded, “and when we bring Mort Clemins back I am sure he will get a few extra lumps on the way to the magister.”
He laughed and the Cidney Guardsmen looked at us funny. Eric led the way and it was twisted and finally we reached a large tavern. I was a little surprised there were so many people inside this early in the morning. Right away I saw the man we had come for and started for him. Eric murmured as we walked, “watch yourself.”
There was a large group of men with the man we were after and I leaned on my staff, “Mr Clemins you are wanted in Norman.”
He grinned, “this is not Norman.”
The group of men laughed and one took a step towards us while pulling a dagger, “go away before...”
I straightened and snapped the staff down on his wrist and then whipped the other end around into the side of his head. He screamed as the dagger spun away and then he dropped. Another man yanked at a sword and Eric started to move. I stepped and jabbed and the end of the staff slammed into his forehead.
He dropped and the others in the group growled and reached for knives or daggers. I grinned, “come gentleman. For each one I take I make two silvers and you get twenty lashes.”
They looked at each other and moved back and I pointed the staff at Mort Clemins, “you will come with us or I will break your arms and legs and toss you into a canal.”
His face whitened and his hands moved away from his weapons, “it was a fair fight and...”
I moved to him, “we are not here to judge you. Tell the magister.”
I turned him and pulled a braided leather cord to tie his wrists. I took his weapon belt off and put it over my shoulder before I bent to slap the two men awake. I pulled them up and tied their wrists and took their weapons. Eric did not say anything as I started pushing them out. As we started back to the bridge he looked at me, “why take the other two?”
I snorted, “driving a point home.”
We stopped at the near side of the bridge and I pushed the two men that had threatened us to the Guardsman. They shifted as I took off their weapon belts and held them out, “assaulting the Watch is the charge. I believe the magister normally gives them twenty lashes in public. The weapons are to be sold or destroyed, your choice.”
We started walking as the Guardsmen looked at the two prisoners. At the other end of the bridge Eric gave the prisoner a push to the two Guardsmen. I took his weapon belt off and tossed it to one of them, “we only got to thump a couple of his friends.”
They chuckled as they turned and pulled him away. Eric gestured and we began to walk into the Norman sector, “we have a house in each sector.”
I slowed when I saw the two teenage girls wearing slave collars and tied to a corner post, “what is that about?”
He sighed, “they were caught by their family having sex or trying to. Any man may take them but if he does, he is responsible for them and anything they do.”
I looked at him, “just walk up and take them? To do whatever he wants?”
He shrugged and nodded, “yeah. The Guardsmen end up with a lot walking the street or found dead in a canal.”
I sighed as I looked at the two girls and hesitated before I started for them. Eric chuckled as he followed, “softy.”
When I reached the post I untied the leads and looked at the girls, “come along.”
They did not speak as they followed us and Eric led the way south. He turned down a side canal and then went between two building. He opened a back door and walked in and I followed. Inside were a couple of other Watchmen who looked at the girls. I reddened as I turned and removed the collars, “I am Hunter.”
The older of the two nodded, “Olivia.”
The other shrugged, “Leah.”
I turned, “I can teach you about sex tonight if you want.”
Eric was looking at a cork board and glanced at me, “we have a house breaker. He is wanted in Antha and escaped into Cidney.”
I nodded, “around to the north to get the name and description?”
He shook his head, “it is posted at all the bridges so we can cross the main river bridge.”
I looked at the girls, “can you walk some more?”
They nodded and I turned to leave, “now I really need to thump someone.”
The two Watchmen laughed and Eric chuckled. The girls followed us and Eric kept grinning and glancing back. The Guardsmen on this side glared and when we reached the other side of the river the Guardsmen were waiting. They stared as we stopped at their notice board. We got the name and suspected location before leaving.
Why men that are running go to taverns I will never understand. This one was in a area where barges were made. The tavern was not busy but the man we were after had two men with him. Eric stopped short and held out an arm to stop the girls. I kept going and stopped at the table and leaned on the staff, “Deaver Marks you are wanted in Antha.”
He pulled a long dagger and one of the men slid out of his seat while pulling at his sword. I shifted and snapped the staff up and around. It slammed into his forehead and he dropped. I kept the staff moving and brought the other end down hard. Everyone in the room heard the bones break.
The dagger bounced on the table as Deaver Marks screamed. I shifted and brought the staff around and it struck him in the face. Blood splattered as he went back and the chair fell. I looked at the last man but he held up his hands. His face was white and he was shaking his head and I growled, “you are his fence?”
He shook his head and pointed to the first man I had hit. I bent and slapped him and yanked him up. He groaned and staggered and I shoved him over the table and pulled his arms back. I tied his wrists and went around and rolled Deaver Marks onto his stomach. I tied his wrists and pulled him up and slapped him, “where is everything you took?”
He struggled and I snapped the end of the staff into his face. He staggered back and glared and I nodded, “I am afraid you are going to trip and fall into the river on the way over the bridge.”
His eyes widened, “you can not...”
I slapped him, “you are a house breaker and thief. I can drop you into a canal and hold your feet and no one would say anything. Now where are the things you took?”
His face was white but he nodded to the table, “in the sack under the table.”
I looked and bent to pull it out and then stood the men up. I took the weapon belts and the sword and dagger and pushed them towards the door, “walk.”
Eric was grinning but the girls looked frightened. I caressed Leah as I went past, “relax sweetness.”
Outside I began pushing them to the north while Eric and the girls followed. I could hear him talking to them as we walked. When we reached the first bridge to Antha I stopped at the Guardsmen, “I have a fence that was operating in your area.”
They looked at each other and I shoved the man towards them and tossed his weapon belt and sword, “you can add attempted assault of a Watchman. You can sell or destroy the sword.”
One grinned as he yanked the man to the side, “thanks.”
I nodded as I pushed the other man onto the bridge. The Guardsmen at the other end were frowning as I stopped, “his name is Deaver Marks. He tried to use a dagger so you do not have to be gentle.”
I tossed the weapon belt and gave him a push, “I hope they cut your hands off.”
The Guardsmen grinned and one caught him and pulled him to the side. This time we stopped at a tavern and ordered food. The girls looked and acted very hungry and once we had eaten and paid we stopped at the Green Duck. I looked at the old man behind the bar, “need a couple of girls to help in the kitchen?”
He glanced at Olivia and Leah before he nodded, “sure.”
I moved to the girls, “I will come back later.”
I looked back at the old man, “they are living with me.”
He smiled, “I will get them a key.”
I hesitated before we left and Eric led the way to the office. We only went out once more in the afternoon to find and capture a merchant selling tainted meat. I walked into the Green Duck and stopped to watch Olivia serving food while men teased her. The old man was watching and grinned when I looked at him.
When she walked away she had a grin and I moved towards a table, “have you girls eaten?”
She hesitated when she saw me and looked down before nodding. I sat and gestured, “fish stew if it is done.”
She nodded and I caught her hand and she looked up. I gave it a squeeze, “I am going to fuck you a lot tonight. Flirting is what girls and women do so have fun.”
She smiled and then grinned, “I am.”
I chuckled and let her go and relaxed. A few of the men looked at me but none said anything. It was not long before Leah came out and almost strutted to the table. She set the stew down and grinned as she bent and kissed me passionately. When she stood she shivered and then turned to strut back to the kitchen.
The old man laughed and I looked at him and then grinned. The stew was good and when I was done Olivia appeared to kiss me like Leah and take the bowl away. I moved to the bar and paid for a large mug of cider and watched the room with the old man. It was several hours before the girls were finished and I led them up and after me.
When I closed the door I stripped and headed towards the bed. I leaned my staff against the wall as the two girls who were already naked climbed onto the bed. I caught Olivia and she looked back quickly. I flipped her onto her back and pulled her to the edge and knelt. I pushed her legs open and looked at her fuzzy pussy before I leaned forward and licked.