The mayor took a menacing step toward me. His face was grim and serious. "I don't believe you'll ever get the chance to teach that lesson, Miss Riley."

"I think I will." I pulled a small gun from my desk and pointed it at him. "Care to test my aim, Mayor?"

The mayor raised his hands and took two steps backwards. "Now, let's be reasonable. If you shot me, you would be the one hanging from the gallows."

"I do not think so. I would testify that I was resisting your ungentlemanly advances. I'm sure I could find witnesses who would willingly testify that, historically, you did not limit you carnal interests to Mrs. Stratton."

"What do you want?"

"I'm allowed to use Spinner without interference, and you will give your full support to adequate funding for the school and the schoolmistress in the future."

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