I roamed. Some faced me from their cages, whispering conversations so unfamiliar that I couldn’t guess their endings. Others huddled quietly in their cells, row after row, dreaming of a freedom which might never come.
Mantel caught my eye and pleaded. She promised me riches beyond imagination, if only I was brave enough to liberate her. I made my decision.
At the guard’s desk, I offered a small bribe, and suddenly she was free.