Vareck’s voice came from below. “We cannot do that. He has claimed sanctuary.”
He defends me without even asking what my crime was, Liam thought. Now that wouldn’t happen on Earth! Liam shrank back against the balcony wall, afraid to be seen. He noticed the strange look Arthean gave him, as if he didn’t understand what he was afraid of.
Sah’s cold voice replied, “He is a traitor who tried to murder your ruler. Will you allow an enemy of the land to hide inside your walls?”
Vareck’s voice faltered. “We refuse no one sanctuary. It is the law.”
Sah snapped, “Don’t speak to me of the law, monk! I am on God’s side, which makes this man an enemy of God, too. Now bring him to me, or would you have God punish you for harbouring His enemies?”
Jergor, Tridor’s abbot, arrived on the scene and took over from the struggling Vareck. “My Lord, with all due respect, God is a forgiving God. If this man managed to find his way here, it’s probably God giving him the opportunity to seek forgiveness. Surely, considering his injuries, he would otherwise not have made it this far?”
Sah began, “Are you lis-?”
“There was even an obstacle of strange crystal fragments that cut like knives, which covered almost the whole beach,” Abbot Jergor interrupted, “yet he somehow made it past. Impossible, unless God helped him. Wouldn’t you say?”
Liam imagined the abbot cocking an eyebrow at Sah, and thought the conversation must be angering the ruler in a big way. His lips twitched in a vague smile.
“What are you talking about, Abbot? There were no obstacles in our way now!”
Liam glanced at Arthean, an obvious silent question about the glass shards, but Arthean just shrugged; the last time he’d looked, the shards had blanketed the beach.
“They were there when we looked two days ago. Perhaps the Devil’s magic faded once they were no longer needed to hinder.”
Sah tried to sway the head monk a bit more, but soon gave up and left in a scowling huff. Liam’s bad feeling intensified as he watched the riders dwindle into the distance. This was not over yet.
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