I’m still in the middle of writing Episode 17 of my Shadow Stalker serial, but I wanted to give you guys a sneak peek of what’s to come! Keep in mind this is just a first draft. I haven’t done any editing yet.
“What are your true feelings towards the shadow stalkers?” Makari asked.
Galin’s glaring gaze sent shivers through me even though I couldn’t see him in my current position.
“The shadow stalkers are pure evil, and they all deserve the fate of that one over there.”
The only thing that kept me from breaking my position and knocking his sneer off his face was wondering if he realized he’d just made a huge mistake.
“So you feel all shadow stalkers deserve punishment?” Makari asked, his tone still calm and betraying no emotion.
Galin didn’t answer right away. He must have realized he’d been backed into a corner by now.
“Yes,” he said, finally.
“And what about the Galvadi people? Do they deserve the treatment they get?”
“Please explain,” Makari told him.
Galin shifted in his seat. “It’s an unfortunate necessity. It’s for their benefit.”
“Do you like seeing people in pain? Do you enjoy their suffering?”
Galin didn’t answer.
“You need to answer the question,” Makari said.
“No, I do not like to see people suffer.”
Even without my abilities, I could tell he wasn’t being honest.
“If Drevin was a shadow stalker, would you condone his immediate execution?”
A chair scraped across the floor.
“What’s this all about?” Galin asked.
“Sit down and answer the questions.” Makari’s tone had taken on a harder edge.
I was tempted to glance up to see what was happening, but then the chair moved across the floor again, more slowly than before. Galin must have done what he was told.
“Now. Answer the question,” Makari said.
“Yes. All shadow stalkers deserve to die. It doesn’t matter who they are.”
“So that applies to me as well.”
Galin remained quiet.
“I’m going to make this easy for you. Either you answer the question or I’m going to assume you’re guilty and have you executed. Now, I, your new emperor, am a shadow stalker. I want to know if you feel I deserve to die because of what I am.”
Galin’s sigh was resigned. He must have known he was doomed either way. “Yes.”