Those bedrooms stand empty, a reproach to me for the ones I couldn’t save. I could have persuaded them, if I’d known then what I know now. The English situation was deteriorating fast. When I didn’t hear from them by telephone, I rung up Elias’s sister, and sent her to get Miranda and Trevor and their mother… well, that didn’t work out. Nearly didn’t work out at all. Trevor is alive only because he’d taken a walk on the moor and met her on the way in, and the mob was already occupied with his mother and sister. The boy was of secondary interest, anyway, because he hadn’t manifested any particularly interesting behavior: no cleverness in his mother’s line of healing, or his sister’s… his sister’s extraordinary and rather uncontrolled shape-shifting.
And in all likelihood it was her own father who betrayed her.
As I begin revisions on The Shape-shifter’s Tale, I will be posting character interview excerpts for the main cast of the novel. This week’s excerpt comes from the interview with Emma, a forensic pathologist who returns from excavating mass graves abroad to find witch hunts unfolding at home.
Weekend Writing Warriors offers eight-sentence excerpts from a variety of writers; see the other excerpts here.