What came before:
The body hung from a pike in the center of the town square, high enough that it could be seen from beyond the village. The pike was guarded by a sorcerer, so none could cut it down. It hung there, flesh torn, dangling in unnatural positions from countless broken bones.
Rina gagged, depositing what little she’d had to eat in the brown grass in the field outside the village…
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What will come after: