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Unnatural Means

T.C. Mill

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Confessor Isak is charged with the task of forcing Sain to confess his sins of murder and witchcraft before inevitable execution. Torturing in the name of the Divine is difficult enough, but the process is nothing new to him, and he is confident he can effect Sain's salvation. This time is different, though, when he begins to feel Sain's seductive magic take hold of him. Suddenly, Isak isn't at all sure it will be Sain who breaks under pressure to find release.

Isak crouched to bring his face level with Sain's. It was a mistake; being so close to the witch was... powerfully distracting. Isak looked into his eyes and past them and concentrated on keeping his words cool and steady.

"I'm trying to spare you pain. The sooner you confess to me, and turn your back on these unnatural practices, the sooner—"

"You'll take me out to the scaffold?"

"Hanging has always been the penalty for murder. It's the eternal penalty for witchcraft I'm trying to help you escape."

0 - Serena at Rainbow Book Reviews
"This is a very clever role reversal. The confessor becomes the confessee, and the prisoner holds a lot more power than normal. If you like cleverly written short stories with a few twists and a surprise ending, if you enjoy psychological drama and expert manipulation skills, and if you're looking for a short read that will make you think, you might like this short story."


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10,900 words
27 pages

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ThinkSentient Ltd


M/M, dubious consent, religious themes