I feel extremely, extremely embarrassed and…guilty for what happened to you.
I was interrogated by these people and I did not tell them a single thing. I tried explaining how you were no longer a threat to their fair country. But they were not ready to listen. I mean, I guess blowing up more than half of their land and unleashing horrible monsters over them was a bit uncalled for, but I know you are trying to change and only wanted to put forward a point as to how under their flag, corruption just seems to ooze out everywhere.
They broke my windows and infiltrated my home, trying to find a clue to your whereabouts and in doing so, they found the enchanted compass you gave me which leads directly to your house. I did not tell them a single thing, I swear.
I’d never rat you out, I hope you believe that.
I wanted to warn you as soon as I could. I sent letters through those blasted crows that pester me so much, all day. I was put under house arrest by them but I snuck out, wearing the head of another creature as disguise to go through without being recognized by any other resident.
I saw the whole battle you had with them and how they took your horse hostage to subdue you. I fled as quickly as I could so no one would know I was gone from home.
When I saw you in chains, being carried to the execution chamber like some peasant….it made me feel like it was all my fault.
You asked what they did to me, while you were in chains as they pulled you back away from me.
I am not on their side, and like I said, I did not rat you out. If I could start that interrogation over, I would just tell them a fake location, miles away from your home and risk being executed.
I would rather it be me than you, Techno.
But….the feat you pulled, hiding a totem with you that kept you safe, escaping after horrifyingly being revived outside the cage and running away with your horse - it lifted my heavy heart by a hair’s breadth.
I hope you are in good health, dear friend.
And I hope you can forgive me for everything…if you don’t, I completely understand.
Your dear friend,
Author: Aditya Iyengar
Editor: Anushka Saxena