Never Underestimate the Power of Politicians.
Written and Narrated by Katie Cross
A quiet voice came in my right ear, followed by a gentle hand cupping my elbow.
“I anticipate this could take several hours,” Grandfather murmured. “Are you sure you’re up for such a questioning? It might be intense. Some of them may attempt to make you angry, or prove that you’re lying. For the most part, they seek the truth. Having never been to Alaysia themselves, it’s hard to trust anyone.”
“Why would I lie?”
“The motivations they might assign you are endless.” He sighed. “It doesn’t matter what they want to believe. Many witches would deny what’s right in front of them because they’re frightened.”
“They definitely won’t want to hear what I have to say.”
“The truth, you mean?”
“The honest truth. It’s beyond bleak, Grandfather.”
“It’s what they need to hear.”
Plenty of Council Members and Coven Leaders rolled their eyes at the sight of me. I could accept their indignant attitude about my wild ways because I didn’t interact much with them, and I had Scarlett’s support.
Today, however, I would present the utter truth.
Their condemnation of that frightened me, because it meant denial. Refusal to believe, or help.
All of those inevitable struggles meant difficult days for Alkarra.
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The Council is the third of four short stories that are prequels to WAR OF THE GODS, the final book in the Network Saga.