The Trail to Better Days by Robert Collins
Approx. 9,360 words.
Published on November 26, 2012.
One day Will Beck says to his patron, “I’m under siege on two fronts. My trading business has to pay duties to bring goods here, and I have pay more for plows for my estate.”
Beck has an idea: go west over the plains, and establish a direct trade route to the dwarves and their prized metal goods.
Will that solve Beck's problems? Will it do more?