“It’d be wrong to lie, Cang,” Shyan says, her expression not entirely serious. “After all, he gave us these fine haircuts.” She tosses her head so her shiny black hair lifts for a moment.
“But are four baths worth a thousand coins?” Cang asks. “We could easily just depart our evening meeting and forget all about the barber.”
“More coin for the tavern,” Fassn muses through mouthfuls of apple.
“A deal was struck,” Abia says simply.
Several more moments of chewing pass as the river flows.
“Well we don’t know what this thing’s worth, really,” Shyan says. “Maybe once we’re paid we can—” she breaks off, searching for the word.
“Renegotiate,” Cang says with an evil smile.