“Horric, come in. Have a seat.” Logen was seated at his desk with the Gold Goblin’s ledger book open in front of him. “It looks like you’ve done a good job running the place while I was gone. Were there any problems?”
Horric sat, glancing nervously around the office. “Uh, no, no problems. Except the usual drunk troublemakers and such.”
“No-one was filching from the tip jar?” asked Logen. “Sneaking bottles from the cellar? Nothing like that?”
“No, nothing like that,” replied Horric. He seemed very anxious now. “I wrote everything down in the book, just like you showed me.”
“Hmm.” Logen made a show of examining the ledger. “I can see here that some things weren’t written down. The numbers don’t add up to what’s in the safe. Someone’s been stealing.”
“Well, uh, I don’t…”
“Don’t lie to me, Horric. I know it was you. A little bird told me.”
“I’m sorry, Logen,” cried Horric. “I had to, I needed the money. I lost at cards, so I had to borrow from a guy. I keep paying him but he keeps asking for more. When I couldn’t pay any more, he sent guys to beat me up. I didn’t know what else to do!”
“Well,” said Logen, “You can stop paying him.”
“Yes. Tell me his name and I’ll have a talk with him.”
“Yes,” said Logen. “You can pay me instead. I’ll dock your pay until you’ve paid me back.”
“You will?” Horric’s eyebrows rose hopefully. “You’re not going to fire me?”
“No,” said Logen. “Just pay back what you stole and we’ll be square. I won’t make you keep paying forever.”
“You won’t? I mean, thank you. I won’t do it again, I promise.” Horric’s sincerity was obvious.
“I’m sure you won’t,” said Logen. “Now get back to work.” Horric rose to leave. “Oh, and remind me later to explain compound interest to you.”
Well, thought Logen, Sarenrae ought to be pretty happy about that. Now, I wonder how She would want me to handle that loan shark.