I jolt back down behind the upturned bench, pressing my back against the hard mahogany.
I feel faint. My heart is racing and my skin cold.
To save Cal, I have to kill Cupid.
I can hardly breathe.
"Come on little match" says Venus "We haven't got all day."
There's a silence. I don't move.
"Very well" she chimes "We'll start with the Ardor."
There is a pause and a whooshing sound before the air is filled with Cal's contorted screams. My heart tightens.
I can't let them torture Cal.
But I can't shoot Cupid either.
My mind feels dizzy, unfocused. Cal's shrieks cut through any train of thought and make my stomach turn.
I peer over the top of the bench again. Venus still stands there, her hands extended; offering the golden arrow to me.
I can shoot Venus though.
I'm the only person in the room that can.
I take a deep breath then resolutely I stand up.
"That's right little match" says Venus "Come to me."
I begin to walk towards the stage. Apart from Cal's grunts, the courtroom is silent. I can feel everyone's eyes on me.
"Lila" says Cupid as I pass. "Don't do anything stupid."
Our eyes lock onto each other. His expression is defeated. He gives me a half nod.
"Do what you have to do." He says.
I'm not going to kill him. I won't.
I'll kill her.
"That's close enough" barks Venus as I pass Cal.
I turn towards him. He is writhing in pain, his wrists bleeding where the cables have been tightly bound around them.
"Cal" I whisper.
He looks up at me, his silvery eyes weary and unfocused. A drop of blood congeals at the corner of his mouth.
I want to reach out and help him.
I've never felt so powerless.
"Lila" he whimpers back "I..."
Suddenly another red tipped arrow plunges into his stomach. He screams and I jolt my gaze forwards.
The Commander is stood beside Venus, a quiver full of red tipped arrows slung over his shoulder. Venus nods at him and he takes another and shoots it into Cal's thigh.
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