Axel struck at the burning metal against the anvil as beads of sweat formed around his brow. He wiped the sweat off with his sleeve before he pushed the metal into the water, creating steam from it. Glancing up, Axel looked for his younger cousins. Two of them would be at the stables and his youngest cousin should be coming by soon to help. And Rupert was arriving at any moment to collect money. He had been working so hard to just get by and Rupert was never a help to them. Always demanding for money for the land and always making sure that he got every last penny that he asked for. Axel sighed, ruffled his short brown hair, and continued to work.