Ketil fell back from the platform, the spike rupturing his
heart as it passed through his spine. His skull shattered as it hit the
concrete floor. As his long hair flew back from his head during his descent, it
was revealed that he had carved the unhallowed symbols into his forehead as
well as his torso.
“That room ran red with blood,” Ketil stated quietly as his
companions watched him, unsure what to say. “It matters not to me. It was many
years in the past. But that my family should have seen that image—that my mum
and my sister should have to see…”
“Best not to think on such things too long, Guv,” Robin
suggested, touching Ketil’s arm with surprising gentleness. “Ain’t a thing you
can do to change the past. Stiff upper lip, y’know, and soldier on.”
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