From my kneeling position I could only spit up at my captor.
The general thumbed the spray of spittle off of his pants. “Good. You should hate me. I’d be worried if you didn’t. Need I remind you of what I have put you through over the years?”
“No.” I said through clenched teeth.
“Keep that in mind as I make you an offer.”
“Shh. Not yet.” General Koros raised his voice. “Bring forth the prisoners.”
Dozens of bedraggled people were prodded into the courtyard.
I gaped. I knew them. Each person was someone who had offered me a warm bed or some small scrap of food when I was in need. They were good, honest people.
“Do you doubt that I would kill them if they weren’t useful to me.”
“This is my offer. You work for me. You do your damnedest to achieve my goals and not only do I spare these people, but I will also see that they keep their independence. Some of it, at least.”
I didn’t hesitate, to do so would be to lose what little of my soul that remained. “I am yours to command.”