Fantasy Drabble #58 “Technicalities”

He was standing on the first plank, blocking the way, when I rode up to the bridge. “And what have you to pay your way across?”

I smiled and answered conversationally, “Why should I pay?”

The troll glowered, arms crossed. “It’s my bridge.”

“You built it?”

“…Not personally, but…”

“Then the land it rests on is deeded to you?”

“That’s not the…”

“Did you receive a Royal Charter of some sort? An Appointment by the Chamber of Commerce?”

"…what are you talking about?” The troll seemed confused now.

“I think we should consult a lawyer…”

“Oh, just go on across.”

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