“You need to understand a few things about the world,” Victoria’s steely voice cut through the fading bustle of the room. “The farmers provide tribute to feed the City. With no tribute, the City starves. You’ll see a hundred thousand starving, homeless children in the streets. The less food the guard brings, the less food the City receives, and the less food to feed its citizens with. You sacrifice one to save the lives of many.”

“You push the farmer to ruin, and the City receives less food regardless.” Eris shouted back.

Thank you to my patrons:

Tamar, Jennifer, Val, Dustin, Naomi.

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