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LJ Idol Season 9 - Week 13 - Open Topic

J'Accuse

As always, Anya announced her arrival amongst the audience audibly and auspiciously.  The accused stood before her, eyes wide with apprehension in the autumn sunlight.

Arturo read the litany of accusations aloud.

“What say you of the allegations against you?” the magistrate asked the accused.

“I did not do this,” came the reply.

“You have been accused of blasphemy, witchcraft, heresy, sorcery, harboring an enemy of the kingdom, malicious intent to harm, and attempted murder.”

“I did not do this.”

“You are aware of the evidence?”

“I am, but I did not do this.”

“What is your defense?”

“I have only done what was asked of me.”

“You confess to committing the acts?”

“Nay.  I did not do this.”

“You claim to be working under the power of another?”

“I have done what was asked of me.”

“Who has asked this of you?”

“Many.  Few.  One.  Another.”

“Ambiguity will not serve your fate.”

“Many asked, few compelled, one taught, another tried.”

“Will you name these others?”

“You know them.  You know all of them, daughter of Ellisandria.”

It was Anya’s turn for eyes wide with apprehension.  “What do you know of my mother?”

“She was beautiful and good and kind.  She was magical and she taught me.  If you convict me, you convict her.”

Anya took a few moments to compose herself before she continued, “And what of the others?  Those who were not good and kind?  Those who’s bidding you did to the detriment of innocents?”

“There were no innocents.  They were deserving of their fate.”

“What of the other one, he whose name shall not be spoken?”

“Jalon was my mentor.  There are two sides to every story, and his is the one I know.  His is the one I lived.  His is the one I believed.”

“You defend him?”

“I have supplanted him.”

A swirl of smoke rose around the accused.  When it cleared, she was gone.

"Find her!" Anya ordered.  "Bring me Mara the Cunning!"

This is my entry for therealljidol Season 9, Week 13.  This week was an open topic and we were told to "bring our A Game".  This entry is a companion to these previous entries, taking place several years in the future from the last entry, however, it should stand alone.  Thank you for reading.

Comments

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kehlen
Jun. 30th, 2014 12:30 pm (UTC)
This world is fascinating.
tatdatcm
Jun. 30th, 2014 03:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I was a bit worried about going back to it after so many weeks.
uncawes
Jul. 1st, 2014 08:23 am (UTC)
I've missed these folk. Thanks for making them come back from their vacation
tatdatcm
Jul. 2nd, 2014 02:59 am (UTC)
Aw. I'm glad you remembered them. LOL!

Thanks for reading.
witches
Jul. 1st, 2014 12:13 pm (UTC)
I really loved this!
tatdatcm
Jul. 2nd, 2014 03:00 am (UTC)
Thank you. Glad you liked it. :)
i_17bingo
Jul. 1st, 2014 06:45 pm (UTC)
1) I've missed all these guys.

2) How the hell did we get here? I demand answers!
tatdatcm
Jul. 2nd, 2014 03:02 am (UTC)
1) I'm glad you remembered them. :)

2) I've kind of written out of order? I always knew that Mara would end up where she is, I'm not entirely sure how she gets here though.

Thank you for reading!
eternal_ot
Jul. 3rd, 2014 01:08 pm (UTC)
Exactly my thoughts!
kajel
Jul. 3rd, 2014 08:36 pm (UTC)
Me three!
karmasoup
Jul. 2nd, 2014 07:52 am (UTC)
This does stand alone, and I like it... I will have to follow up with the others to see what I have missed in the past few very busy weeks, as it does definitely leave one wanting more with its intriguing simplicity. Well done.
tatdatcm
Jul. 2nd, 2014 05:02 pm (UTC)
I'm glad it stands alone. I try to make them, but since I have the other stories in my head I'm never 100% sure.

I'm also glad you liked it. :)

Thank you for reading.
halfshellvenus
Jul. 2nd, 2014 09:49 pm (UTC)
“I have supplanted him.”

!!! Well, then!

Awesome twist. :D
tatdatcm
Jul. 3rd, 2014 01:05 am (UTC)
I'm still not sure "supplanted" fits exactly, but it was the best I could come up with when I was writing.

Thank you. :)
eternal_ot
Jul. 3rd, 2014 01:10 pm (UTC)
Glad to see this world back..:) Interesting twist in the end and would love to know the in between previous and now..;) A nice read!
tatdatcm
Jul. 4th, 2014 02:42 am (UTC)
I suppose now I have to figure out what happened in the middle as well. LOL!

Thank you for reading. :)
kajel
Jul. 3rd, 2014 08:36 pm (UTC)
Nicely done!
tatdatcm
Jul. 4th, 2014 02:42 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)
jem0000000
Jul. 3rd, 2014 10:39 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, spooky. Now I wonder what she did that started the trial.
tatdatcm
Jul. 4th, 2014 02:43 am (UTC)
I have a vague idea of what led to the trial, it's the events leading up to that which are still a mystery to me.

Thank you for reading. :)
jem0000000
Jul. 15th, 2014 06:45 am (UTC)
Characters can be so secretive about what they've been up to! :)

You're welcome.
favoritebean
Jul. 4th, 2014 12:47 am (UTC)
Ooh, I love the ending!

Not sure if you're looking for crit or not, but I have a tiny suggestion. I got a little confused in the dialogue, having to go back and count as to who said what and where. Otherwise, it's a good piece.
tatdatcm
Jul. 4th, 2014 02:44 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)

I never mind con crit. I consider dialogue a weakness, so you're comment is very helpful.
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