Story Exerpt"There's a witness. She's come to confess what she's seen." The captain leaned back into his chair, his face disappearing in shadow.
A girl was shoved forward. Alrek's eyes grew wide, but he quickly hid his surprise. 'This was the blacksmith's daughter, Irena! Master would've never let anything happen to her as long as he lived! Which means '
"Tell us what you've seen."
Irena stepped into the light. She looked emaciated, thin, beaten, and scarred. Her skin, once a healthy tan color, was now pale and sickly. Her eyes lost their light and happiness, and her left one was badly swollen. "U-um, well sir, he " She closed her eyes; her voice was as frail and weak as she. Alrek closed his eyes tight, trying to control his anger.
"Get on with it," the captain growled angrily.
"I-I can't do it! I can't lie!" Irena began to sob uncontrollably, and she cringed away from the man, but the guards behind her held her in place.
"Take her to the back. Teach her another lesson."
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