GENRE: YA Secret
On the days when contempt coiled tight around her heart, guarding like a snake against anyone who came too close, Castices would rather be left alone in the dark. The darkness she could forgive. Darkness was loyal and true to its nature.
A sliver of light cracked through her solitude, tracing the wall as the cell door creaked open, widening into a sharp brightness that burned in her eyes. She shrank back, shielding her face with her hand, as a figure shrouded in the folds of his robe filled the doorframe.
Her breath slowed. Her heartbeat stilled. She crouched into herself to keep her place in the shadows. Little good that did.
The sage threw the door wide, straining its hinges, and slid aside for the guard behind him to step in. Castices flinched at the sunlight flashing on the second man’s armor and turned her face away.