31. Too deep
"Still nothing," someone muttered.
"There is more mithril here, I'm certain," Farin said, though he too was beginning to lose hope. "We will find the vein again."
"How much further will you have us dig through rock bare of even a glimmer of ore in pursuit of a hunch?" That was Lófar.
"Ten yards," Farin replied. "If we find nothing, I give up on this vein, and I owe you a year's work in return. But if we do strike mithril, you owe me three-quarters of the rights to this shaft."
A long pause, but finally…
"Agreed. Ten more yards."
Written for RiverOtter's birthday, May 2011
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