A Price to Pay

This little scene was inspired by a word prompt from the WriYe DreamWidth (ransom) and an idea I had for a story…

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Samuel frowned at the iron bars that separated him from Matthew.  Tobias was curled up on his cot, sleeping.  In the cell with Matthew, Bartholomew was pacing.  “This is… totally not right,” he was saying as he strode towards one wall.  Reaching it, he turned and strode back the other way.  “It’s just wrong!  We’ve not done anyone any harm.”

“Try not to let it get to you, Silentstep,” Samuel said, his voice soft.  “They’ll let us go… eventually.”

“When?” Matthew said, arching his brows.  He shook his head.  “They’ve gotten all our information – names, ages, how we became werewolves…”  He held up his hands in a gesture of confusion.  “What more could they want from us?”

“Money,” Peter said from across the corridor.

Samuel sent him a wry smile.  Peter was the cynical sort, but he was also probably right to some degree.  The promise of money would probably expedite their release.  He looked over at Matthew and shook his head.  “The point of this enforced registration was to make certain they had all the troublemakers in custody.  Once they’ve satisfied themselves that none of us has hurt anyone, they’ll let us go.”

“Money would probably speed things up, though,” Peter said, crossing his arms over his chest.  He met Samuel’s eyes and smirked.  “Am I wrong, Alpha?”

“Probably not,” Samuel said.  Then, he raised his hands in defeat.  “Our pack lives in a cave, though.  We haven’t money to pay a ransom of any kind, let alone enough to secure the release of the entire pack.”

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