Merchant Wars Vol 5 / Epilogue, 5SC
Around a year after the end of Ajaxin’s story, Hawkson sat on the terrace of his manor, enjoying a quiet garden lunch with Lady Evaline. They were currently sitting in comfortable silence, a lull in the conversation bringing it about naturally. Evaline was savoring one of her own wines, the bottle brought as a gift for the lunch. Both Hawkson and Evaline went to talk at the same time, before both giving a light chuckle. Evaline then gestured for Hawkson to go first, who gladly took the opportunity.
“I have enjoyed our time this past year, Eva. The land has flourished in the absence of the Merchant Lords who were doing their best to strangle trade. I will miss these lunches…” He tapered off with a sad smile, Evaline giving one in turn.
“I will as well, darling, but it is for the best if you found a match among someone of the higher classes, maybe a higher noble, or even two!” The last bit was said in a teasing manner, and Hawkson stammered for a bit, before clearing his throat.
“There will always be room for you in my life, Evaline, even if you turn down my proposal. Enough of that, how goes your business?” He was trying to shift the topic away, not wanting to press the issue.
Evaline gave a smile at the awkward change in course, but she indulged him, saying “It goes well. The Darley Wine Company is expanding across the known world, even if not many realms are open to us now, which will hopefully change in time. I have heard ideas of a small group trekking towards the northern oceans, past the great mesa, maybe the Wine will be known there eventually as well.”
They continued talking for a time, whiling away the time. Obrexia was at peace, for now. The merchants quelled, it was time to turn to bigger tasks, dealing with the nobility was still underway, though they were largely playing as nobles will, thinking that nothing can happen to them because of the name that they carry. Hawkson would shake them up as well, maybe not going quite as far as he did against some of the Merchant Lords because there were much better ways to get them in line, or out of the way.