This is an excerpt of a work in progress that doesn’t have a real title yet. (The Word doc is called “T&A” for Ta’elsin and Arrek, the main characters, but I gave it a working title of Betrayal for NaNoWriMo and Wattpad purposes.) This is a very rough first draft and may or may not have been creatively edited to fit the 10 sentence limit.
Skipping ahead a few lines from last week. Berrebren is the first speaker, asking Ta’elsin about the temple.
“What were they going to do to you there?”
“They… they were going to burn my eyes out.” He was shaking and had to force himself to continue as the images flooded back to him. “I – I remember the hot poker coming toward me and then Sagyl was there and… and he took me away.” Somehow Ta’elsin could not bring himself to mention the other boy, the one who had helped him escape: that memory he held to himself, too precious to be exposed to Berrebren’s scorn.
Berrebren nodded. “That explains why you were so scared when you saw the place, then.” He glanced ahead of them to the castle doors. “Come on. I’ll probably be tied up in meetings all day but I’m sure they will make sure you are comfortable.”
(The prologue is available on Wattpad if you’d like some background information.)
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