He pauses then, studying me. 'How would you have done it?' His question surprises me. 'You mean how would I have killed you?' 'Yes. Do you have a favorite method for such things?' Since he knows I am an assassin, there is no need to be coy. 'I prefer a garrote. I like the intimacy it allows me when I whisper reminders of vengeance in their ears as they die. But in your case, I had sharpened my favorite knife especially for the occasion.' His brows quirk up. 'Why no garrote for me?' I look pointedly at his thick neck, bulging with muscle and sinew. 'I do not have one big enough, ' I mutter.
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A short while later, as I stare down at the bodies of the six men I have just killed, I cannot help but wonder: Do I love killing? Of a certainty, I love the way my body and weapons move as one; I revel in the knowledge of where to strike for maximum impact. And of a certainty, I am good at it.
I feel grace. Warm and flowing like a river, it pours over me. I am awash in grace and cannot help but raise my face to it as I would the sun. I want to laugh as it rains downs on me, ripples through my limbs, cleanses them of fatigue and self-loathing. I am reborn in this grace, and suddenly, I can do anything.
What do you know of gods and saints?' I ask, filling my voice with scorn. His fingers drift to the silver oak leaf of Saint Camulos on his cloak. 'I know that what our saints want is not always made clear to us. Sometimes, it is their wish for us to flail and struggle and come to our own choices, not accept ones that have been made for us.