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England, 1883. On the run with the grieving Sebastian Braddock, Evelyn wants two things: to be reunited with her friends, and to get revenge on the evil Captain Goode. Not only has he misused his and Sebastian’s powers to rack up a terrible death toll, but he's also completely destroyed any hope of Evelyn or her friends regaining the life they once knew.
Evelyn is determined to make Captain Goode pay for what he's done, but is her revenge worth risking the lives of Sebastian and her friends? Or is it better to flee the city and focus on staying alive? And with the Captain spreading lies about Sebastian in an attempt to flush them out of hiding and turn the populace against them, does she even have a choice at all?
The rear carriage door slammed behind me. Oh no.
Before I could catch more than a glimpse of our new enemy, I was struck with an excruciating pain. Everyone around me cried out in agony as it brought us writhing to the ground. It was like every bit of pain I’d ever experienced combined and yet unlike anything I’d ever felt before. It was every burn, every cut, every break, every ache, striking a match against every nerve. It was every body on the ground at the Belgrave ball, every life I couldn’t save, every shred of guilt, horror, devastation burning like a tattoo on my brain. It was torture in every possible form, random and relentless.
“Captain Goode wanted you to know he picked this pain personally,” the torturer said above me.
My breath left me. I choked and coughed and gasped for air, but there was never enough. The tight passage seemed to close in even tighter. It was like being smothered, suffocated, drowned and given just enough air to experience it again.
“Who first?” Through the blur of panic I saw the slight man pick something up.
“The healer,” the ice guard said. “I get the one with the big mouth.”
I felt my head lifted up and my neck bared, somewhere distant between all the pain. Tears streamed down my face and my body twitched uncontrollably. I wondered if this would, at least, put an end to his torture.
And then I heard Rose’s voice. “Evelyn!”
Startled, our torturer looked up at my sister emerging from her compartment. She cried out in pain from his attack and collapsed to the ground next to me.
“Oh no, no, I’m sorry.”
Did I say that?
No, the torturer had. All of a sudden I could think clearly again. The pain had stopped. I seized the moment of hesitation, taking advantage of his guilt from hurting Rose. I charged straight at him. The pain hit me again, but I had the momentum. I tackled him, low and hard, straight out the hole in the side of the train.
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