“Talk, tell me why you’re here. Will you just talk?
Open that mouth of yours and talk, say some-
thing, anything. Don’t just stand there mute, talk
to me, spit out words about any thing…”
Sarn stayed silent, kept the truth penned in where
it couldn’t hurt him, prisoned behind teeth
set ‘gainst speech, caging words that want to tear
free, expose a secret with eyes and teeth…
A secret he’d rather die to protect,
a secret life he longed to return to
but the Ranger facing him might detect
the boy his silence protected, who through
it all crouched behind a statue waiting
for his mute father to stop dallying.
~ ~ ~
This is a scene from my book, starring, Nolo, as the Ranger demanding that his interlocutor, Sarn, talk. The boy crouched behind the statue is Sarn’s son, Ran. Read more about Nolo, Sarn and Ran in the Curse Breaker Saga; it’s coming soon to a Kindle near you.
prompt courtesy of Writing 201 Rehab: