Kate’s given me permission to share this piece with you. It made my heart beat fast. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Do explore her blog when you can…she weaves words into tapestries that’ll have you holding your breath.
His head bowed low, the man hurried through the door, desperate to avoid the notice of his wife and children.
He didn’t want them to see his face.
His wife, a strong woman and not easily deceived, followed him into their sleeping quarters.
“What’s wrong?” she asked, her eyes alert. She gently rubbed her calloused palm against his cheek, and drew a surprised breath at the moisture she felt there.
“Tell me!” she said.
His eyes met hers reluctantly. “They’ve taken him.”
She struggled for a moment, unsure what to say. Even she had not expected this. “When?”
“A few hours ago,” he said, running a hand roughly through his hair. “The guards took him away. Charges of sedition, crimes against the state. They’re sure to execute him, make an example…”
He sat down on the bed and hung his head. “Deborah… how did it come to this? All our…
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