He would be here soon. I had no doubt as to whether he would follow the clues I left him. The man was clever, no denying it, but I was far more so. There was no trap more perfect than the girl who lay in the corner. She had not spoken to me once since I brought her here. Was she afraid of me? Carefully I knelt by her and removed her gag. “I’m not going to hurt you.”
As an answer she spit in my face.
“I mean it.” I looked down at her arm sheepishly. She was a fighter, that girl, and taking her had been a challenge. Her dress was badly torn and her arm was covered in dried blood, the result of multiple escape attempts over the four months since I took her prisoner. This cave was only the most recent of many prisons, and getting her here was one of the most challenging battles yet. But it wasn't my fault that she fought so hard. I felt badly about it; I’d never meant to hurt a woman, but I had to follow through. There was no other way to take her. “That was an accident. I didn't mean for it to happen.”
Her only response was a stony silence that left me frustrated. What did she expect me to do? “I’ll let you go if you cooperate. I promise.”
As I walked away from her I heard her quiet voice for the first time since we arrived. “What do you want with me?” Her voice was broken, and I finally sensed her shattered spirit. How had I come so far, to do this to a lady? I closed my eyes briefly, trying to block out the guilt, before looking back at her.
“I want nothing with you but to have you off my hands. You weren't a part of my plan.” She’d been in the way, and I had adapted accordingly. But she wasn't the one I wanted.
It was time. He would be here soon if all went according to the plan I’d so carefully laid. I knelt beside her once more, this time to bind her hands behind her back. She did not struggle now, yet it was clear that her unwilling compliance was not the cooperation I had asked for. Was she really so broken? What had happened to the fighter I’d kidnapped? Where had that girl gone?
She closed her eyes as I leaned her against the wall. The light cast by the one torch was limited, allowing me to hide. Pressing myself into the shadows, I placed my hand on my knife, waiting for the perfect moment.
The door creaked as he slipped in, thinking himself unseen. The fool. He was by her in an instant, pulling her close and caressing her cheek, the same way father used to caress mother. He inherited too much of father: his charm, the way he spoke to the people, it was no wonder they followed him. But he didn't inherit the kingdom, and that would never be his.
Her eyes opened, staring into his. “You shouldn't have come,” she whispered. My fist tightened around the handle of my knife. Would she warn him?
He ignored her remark, instead untying her hands. “It’s ok. You’re going to be alright.” She would, but not him.
“No, leave me,” she pleaded. “Leave now while you still can.” Still he disregarded her warning, but I could not take the chance of waiting any longer. Silently, I pulled my knife from my belt.
That was when her eyes met mine. “You don’t know what you’re saying,” he said. But she did, and as she saw the knife raised in the air her eyes filled with a mixture of realization, fear, horror, and determination. Too late to pull back, I saw her warrior spirit resurface, and as the knife flew toward them she kicked him away, calling up every ounce of strength left in her body. As he fell back the twisted blade hit, not its intended mark, but her already fragile body, shattering what I was sure was the last of her life.
Yes, this is that same scene from the POV of the villain. What you do think? And now that you've read this, who do you think is really the villain? Is it the kidnapper, who's trying to kill his own brother? Or could it be the "good guy"? Is he a rebel who's trying to take the kingdom from his brother? Is the "villain" really just a king trying to keep his kingdom out of civil war by ending the life of the rebel leader? What do you think? And do you think the girl actually dies? Or does she somehow survive? And which version do you like better, and for what reason? Comment and tell me! (And by the way, I have no idea what the answers to any of these questions are. That's why I'm asking what you think. So tell me!)