(Sacrifice the few to save the many)
The edges of the parchment crumbled as Victoria folded it back up. “This is different,” she said. Victoria would not have to hide behind anything. She pulled her gauntlets up, tightening the straps that bound her arms. “I need to speak to them,” she said. “I’ll need you by my side.”
Constance took in a wearied breath. “I’ll always be with you. But after today, I’m no longer your Second. I’m done fighting. What I’ve done today… I cannot forget.”
“Neither will I.”
Constance’s gaze hardened behind her tears. “We’ll see.”
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