Jeremiah Coleman and Mr Cheeseman are discussing with Company B´s Staff Sergeant, Robert Lambton, wether to send out a large patrol and if they were to do so, what would be it´s size and how might that weaken the towns defences.
Quickly the town is called to full alert, all those capable of carrying and using a fire arm Position themselves along the palisades.
Using his fieldglass, Jeremiah makes the figure out to be one of the missing two men, Adahy!!
Quickly mr Cheesman and Staff Sergeant, Lambton run down to great him.
Adahy tells them that James is alright but being Held at ransom to force a Meeting. He has been sent to lead representatives of Bodstonia to the place of this Meeting and that they must follow him now.
Quickly Lambton gathers a handfull of his Company together, accompanied by Jeremiah and Mr Cheesman, the small Group sets off behind Adahy.
Both groups warily approach each other, weapons held at the ready but after both
Adahy and James assure both sides of no harmfull intent from the other fingers are removed from Triggers and shoulders relax.
After a Long talk it is discovered that the attack on the Trappers cabin was carried out by a handfull of Young braves from one of the large Family Groups belonging to the Chinqua tribe.
Thier reason? During the last winter the Trappers had killed beaver and left the meat to the wolves.
A headman from another Chinqua Family Group had discussed this with the Trappers who said they would in future bring any meat to the natives but word of this hadn´t got to the Young braves of the other Family Group. Thier disgust at the waste of the beaver meat turned to rage when one of the braves got his foot caught in a gin trap set by the Trappers.
It wasn´t a serious injury, the trap wasn´t set well, but this was the last straw for them and Unfortunately they decided to take the law into thier own Hands.
Upon Hearing about the use of a Gin trap, both Mr Cheesman and Jeremiah Coleman shook thier heads in desolation...gin traps are specifically forbidden in Bodstonia and the Trappers would have known this to be the case, it is so written in the Terms of thier hunting licence, which they have read and sighned.
They part on friendly Terms.
A week or so later.
The Trappers, Rob and "Zack" , have had thier hunting licence revoked and for now work in Boddington as fishermen.
Mr Cheeseman, ever keen to learn more, has, along with Adahy , met again with the headsman of the Chinqua and arranged to visit their Family Group later in the year.
Jeremiah Coleman and the Bodstonian Dragoons have returned to Bodston.
And James? He has quietly gone back to Bodston to write up his adventure, add a bit more to his map of Bodstonia and.......for now.....
|...remain the Apple of Symphonies eye|