SFFSat: Drunken confessions from Bellica

Today’s entry is a conversation snippet between Bellica Yarrow and Major Caelum from Bellica. Yarrow is the Empress’s best bellica, and yet she feels herself descending into madness: she committed a crime she has no memory of committing. After a night of drinking, she confesses her actions to her second, Caelum, and his reaction surprises her…

“What do you suggest I do, Caelum? I’ll never run, I’ll never throw myself upon the parsimonious mercy my sister may grant, and I’ll never take my own life. I’m pretty much out of choices here.” She raised her eyebrows at him.
His shrug was infinitesimal. “You could give someone else up in your place.”
She almost laughed at his suggestion. “And what poor fool would I send to the gallows?”
His look was direct, his eyes burning into hers. “Me.”

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Author: Katje

Three raccoons in a trench coat. I write about witches, wolves, and warrior women. Someday I hope to return to the wild where things have always made sense.

15 thoughts on “SFFSat: Drunken confessions from Bellica”

  1. Thank you everyone! And since y'all are so eager to see what happens next, I'll post it as this coming Saturday's snippet. 🙂 I don't promise to reveal everything, however… 😉

  2. Well, she can't. 😉 She just doesn't see how it could have been anyone else. She was the only one in the right place and the right time, and all evidence points to her.

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