The smile slipped from Victor’s face.  “You’re not saying all this to fuck with me.  You’re fucking with her.”

He’s a sharp one.

I glanced at Othala, who was staring down at the ground.

“Why?” he asked.  “Why do this?”

“What other options do we have, if we want to pressure you?  You’re invincible for at least a little while longer, but even without that, if we beat and tortured you, I think we’d come out behind, just by virtue of how far we’d have to go before we got past whatever interrogation resistance techniques you’ve stolen.  Wouldn’t be much different if we beat and tortured Othala.  We’d piss you off, but I don’t think we’d break you.  So at the very least, this is a more civilized route of attack.”

Fair enough.

“You don’t need my agreement, and I’m not about to give it.  Not betraying my teammates.”

He’s right. Why are they doing this? Are they that intent on making him a semi-willing subject?

I suppose it might be like with Alec mocking Shatterbird, that they’re trying to break him to make him easier to control?

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