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The Assassin The Soldier And The Thief
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Chapter 22 - Council
May 31, 2016
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The Taellian council room was one of – if not the – largest room that Sam had ever been in. He felt like he was stuck in the middle of an arena, with the one-hundred and one councilmen watching dubiously as his audience. In front of Sam, where he stood at a small pedestal on the ground, was a dome shaped terrace where all the councilmen were seated.copyright protection71PENANAdlDkPio8dc

All of them were old with neat greying hair and long white robes. Sam thought back to Torren, half expecting the likely retired commander James Regan among their ranks. He hoped he could trust him among all the others, because he knew that they’d be hard to convince, however James was nowhere to be seen.copyright protection71PENANAoBYcUvqxm9

Sam hadn’t slept since the first night after learning Garn’s new identity, and how could he. After arriving at the city gates, and leaving Ashley in the care of his officers, Sam rushed immediately to seek audience with the Council.copyright protection71PENANAt1WvncnXer

The head councilman, an old man with thick curled moustache, and a right eye that had been forced shut by some grievous wound a long time ago, banged his gavel onto the table.copyright protection71PENANAirMWMBebKr

“You, Twentieth Commander Samuel Ford of the Taellian Army, have sought an audience with the Taellian Council, concerning the actions of one Garn A. Pallerii, who happens to be a trusted patriot among our kin. What say you?”copyright protection71PENANAn83mkXRLue

Sam closed his eyes and took a deep breath. It wasn’t easy requesting anything from the council.copyright protection71PENANAUYfRtD4RBi

“I request your assistance with the Garn Pallerii case. I fear it is much worse…”copyright protection71PENANAiTJ4QvG4Gq

“Assistance?” jested another one of the council members, a fat balding man who was missing one of his ears. “From what we were told, you had Mr Pallerii in you grasp, and after needlessly torturing him in that hellhole of a desert, he managed to escape because you let the djann get too close.”copyright protection71PENANAw4yzqTxiE1

“With all due respect, sir, we were permitted to use force on Mr Pallerii if it came to that.”copyright protection71PENANAwzZMqtpvk0

“And did it?” another asked venomously.copyright protection71PENANANCUxHK3nOK

“Please, you’re missing the point. Garn is dangerous. He’s not who he appears to be. I saw him…”copyright protection71PENANAOkOnUfgrxV

“Were you aware that Mr Pallerii approached us, Commander Ford?”copyright protection71PENANAt4vsQWWfrg

At that moment Sam felt the icy sting of shock flow through his veins.copyright protection71PENANAgeSaLzVPXJ

“He… approached you?”copyright protection71PENANAzM4o9ZDqrb

How is this possible? I followed him all the way from Torren. There’s no way he could have made it to Taelliwey. Unless… that man, yes, the one in the dark cloak.copyright protection71PENANAmUfRn6Njme

“That’s right,” the councilman continued. “On the seventh of June Garn Pallerii spoke to us of matters concerning his capture and immediate torture.”copyright protection71PENANAzCtsNf2I4Z

“Please,” Sam tried, “you don’t understand.”copyright protection71PENANAsEMx2WwFmX

“Understand what, Commander? That Mr Pallerii has agreed to forgive you for your heinous acts. You see, it was all merely a misunderstanding to do with the secrecy of Mr Pallerii’s…”copyright protection71PENANARJR7Afdoyz

Dammit, how could they be so blind! Are they all fools? What has Garn done to them? Is this his power?copyright protection71PENANAD8c7AZmCHr

“Garn possesses magic!” Sam shouted out – interrupting the speaking councilman.copyright protection71PENANAC95oH7kdNH

“I beg your pardon,” another councilman said.copyright protection71PENANAaFq2M1hZpQ

“After Garn used the djann attack to escape the desert, I followed him all the way to the Northern Peaks where I witnessed him use dark powers to attack some of the local villagers.”copyright protection71PENANAz3YLayKwbs

“Stop right there!” said the second speaking councilman, the one that was missing an ear. “First you accuse Mr Pallerii of illegally selling arms to criminal buyers, and now you are claiming that he is capable of controlling dark magic.”copyright protection71PENANAYNC3bjbwwZ

Sam felt like a child being teased, however he refused to show any anger.copyright protection71PENANAeHFEKrF2r5

“Arms dealing is certainly an understandable accusation, but magic? You surely can’t be serious.”copyright protection71PENANAS08QLjpwPA

Sam could feel the anger boiling up inside, but he composed himself as best he could.copyright protection71PENANAZOoBSAV46s

“What I tell you is the truth!” he argued against them.copyright protection71PENANA3kaIZUaFXB

Another councilman, this one with a monocle, spoke out. “If what you say is true then prove it. Make us believe your bewildering accusations.”copyright protection71PENANAKPBTGnc6U2

I can’t, Sam realised, only the weapons that were sold to the djann could be used, and there’s no way of showing that they came from Garn.copyright protection71PENANAHTR5vJFqNL

“Give me time,” he demanded. “Give me time and I will show the truth about that man.”copyright protection71PENANATR63z5YKLV

“We handed you the time and resources to make a case against Mr Pallerii and you came up empty handed. Quite frankly we are tired of this little game. Garn Pallerii is a patriot of our city and you have bothered him quite enough. I hereby forbid you of investigating any further. Should you attempt to do so any further and you will be stripped of your rank as the twentieth commander of the Taellian army. Do I make myself clear?”copyright protection71PENANAlwLXqrlCyf

Sam’s hands curled into tight fists and he remained quiet, frozen.copyright protection71PENANAFf9wkFgZ63

“He asked you a question, Commander Ford.”copyright protection71PENANAKZUR3uX1eI

Sam recognised that voice – that sturdy, commanding voice. Sam turned around to where he heard the words fly, and sitting among the dry old men was Commander Regan. Sam was then filled with a feint shimmer of hope.copyright protection71PENANAWAeHyE9ThH

“James, you must agree with me! Tell them! Tell them about Garn!”copyright protection71PENANA9XWjugYKg5

“It is the will of the council that you forsake your investigation.” James Regan’s face was blank and emotionless, and then was moulded into a hard, assuring look. “As a member and as a friend, as well as a fellow commander, I bid that you comply.”copyright protection71PENANAN14IS8cP9r

It was at that moment that the feint shimmer of hope inside Sam was set afire like a bale of hay, and was soon gone.copyright protection71PENANAy61NOzsXtK

“Well?” the head councilman prompted.copyright protection71PENANAFDICWcTVX9

Sam wasn’t quite sure what he was thinking of doing next, but he knew that it wasn’t anything good.copyright protection71PENANA0La5t2dFSm

“Very well,” he said, “I will honour the will of the council. As of this moment I will no longer pursue Garn Pallerii as a suspect of my investigation.”copyright protection71PENANA7rt8fhIHfc

Sam left the council building knowing that he was the only one out there who could stop Garn, and he would stop Garn. He swore a vow to himself as soon as he uttered the words ‘I will no longer pursue Garn.’copyright protection71PENANArUP9wLmpGj

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