- Gaspar shoved the three runes he had been holding into his pocket. He stood and stepped toward the Raider, nostrils flared, eyes narrowed. Not only had the bastard touched his runes without his permission, but he had grabbed Arielle and possibly hurt her.
"Those are my runes," he said, his voice a low growl. "I use them to read the future, to tell the nature of a person. They don't like being held by someone who doesn't have permission."
The Raider laughed and held the bag out behind him, just out of Gaspar or Arielle's reach without forcing them to get even closer. "They look like a bunch of scribbles on rocks to me. Bag's not even big enough to hold anything useful. I was gonna steal 'em but now you're just wasting my time."
The Rom was suddenly thankful for his time in Haiti, for the spells he had learned there that had nothing to do with fortune telling or healing. There was dark magic in this world just as there had been in his, and he wasn't afraid to tap into it.
"I said that they don't want you touching them," he said, his voice even deeper. The Raider looked from the larger man to the bag and he let out a shout, dropping the bag into the sand. The beads had left burn marks on his hand.
"You fucker I'll kill you!" the Raider shouted as he drew a Bowie knife and lunged at Gaspar. So much for not attracting attention. Gaspar stepped forward, grabbing the man's wrist and twisting it hard until the knife dropped in the sand and a satisfying crunch echoed among the campfires. The man screamed and grabbed his wrist, dropping to his knees.
"We're even. Leave the knife, it's mine now," he snarled. "Apologize to Arielle."
"That little bitch?" the man squealed. Gaspar reached for the man's other arm and he fell back, whimpering.
"Fine, fine! I'm sorry... I'm sorry..." he said, scooting backward until he was out of reach before getting to his feet and running off to lick his wounds.
"There. We can trade his knife for a blanket," Gaspar said, picking up the knife and sliding it into his belt, then collecting his runes. Once he had gotten things settled again, he looked to Arielle. "Are you alright? Did he hurt you?"