Making noise, Mord growled, with blood in his eyes. Dangling from one meaty hand was a leather strap, wide and thick, doubled over in his fist.
Never show them you're afraid, Tyrion reminded himself. How would you like to be rich? he asked.
Mord hit him. He swung the strap backhand, lazily, but the leather caught Tyrion high on the arm.
The force of it staggered him, and the pain made him grit his teeth. No mouth, dwarf man, Mord warned him.
Gold, Tyrion said, miming a smile. Casterly Rock is full of gold...ahhhh...
This time the blow was a forehand, and Mord put more of his arm into the swing, making the leather crack and jump.
It caught Tyrion in the ribs and dropped him to his knees, wimpering.
He forced himself to look up at the gaoler. As rich as the Lannisters, he wheezed. That's what they say, Mord...
Mord grunted. The strap whistled through the air and smashed Tyrion full in the face.
The pain was so bad he did not remember falling, but when he opened his eyes again he was on the floor of his cell.
His ear was ringing, and his mouth was full of blood. He groped for purchase, to push himself up, and his fingers brushed against...nothing.
Tyrion snatched his hand back as fast as if it had been scalded, and tried his best to stop breathing. He had fallen right on the edge, inches from the blue.
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