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Second Sun #77

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The camp's soft murmur filled the night as Hevne waited for Darion and the trackers,
The memories of death by blade intruded.
She ground her teeth.
Worse, the agonies of the dying, squealing for an end to it, made some slaughters easier to enact but harder to remember.
And worse of all? The soft moaning of a child who had not even the strength to cry. Hevne cried aloud for her as her blade pierced her heart and finally ended her pain.
Intelligence. Cunning. Empathy.
Hevne wiped her eyes. So far today, as Leader, she had used none of those.

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    Christopher 7 months ago

    Really enjoying this, Drew.

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    Neville Hunt 7 months ago

    Look Hevne love, what’s in the past is passed. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. Remember, as the song says, you’re more deadlier than the male.

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    Drew Martyn 7 months ago

    Hevne needs you out there with her to dispel her doubts, Neville :)
    Thanks very much Christopher :)

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    Frenchie 5 months ago

    Oh Gosh. *rolling eyes to the ceiling* You have no understanding of the inner workings of a warrior woman. Lol. Hevne might be a warrior, a leader but she is also a woman. Since the dawn of times, women bear children, women are the protectors of the young and the healers of the clan while the men go hunting or warfaring. No woman, unless she be a callous b*** would slaughter other women and children and not feel some remorse. This goes against the natural instinct of a woman.
    Though I think that deep down, Drew realises this :-D 🤣

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    Neville Hunt 5 months ago

    I’m sure he does, Frenchie! (But women are nonetheless scary! 😨)

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    Drew Martyn 5 months ago

    Yes, true Frenchie, you're right - I probably didn't emphatically enough convey her anguish at going against her inner imperative and having to put the child out of her misery.
    I used "she cried FOR her" not "about" her to try to convey the idea that she, like any mother, had put herself in the place of her child, was personalising the pain as a parent does. Having to go against her nurturing instincts was probably the biggest battle she's faced so far (part of her facing the loneliness of Leadership).

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    Drew Martyn 5 months ago

    And now a political diatribe... ;)
    I don't think the "difference" between men and women - at least Intelligent men and women - is set in stone, not as much as our culture would pretend it is (it does that to maintain male supremacy). Generally, women would be equally as capable as men at hunting/gathering (and as Neville said, being scary lol) and men the equal to women in rearing children.

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    Neville Hunt 5 months ago

    Agreed!

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