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The Innocent, the Victim

They’ll see in time, I guess, but for now, this piece of paper is the only thing that listens to me without condescension in its eyes.

I’ve always been predisposed to written rather than spoken language; fittingly, then, my final — and true — confession is contained within this letter.

Four days ago, I killed someone. Today, I am going to be killed in recompense by the people for whom I drew my blade.

“But aren’t you a Toa?”

“What about the Toa Code?”

“Whatever happened to honor?”

Save your breath. I already know. The death row prison is open for the public to view. I’ve already been subjected to impromptu interrogations and how-can-you-live-with-yourself remarks. I even answered the questioners until I realized they didn’t want to hear anything contrary to their own beliefs.

Forgive my digression, but there’s something about a cell that makes me want to write. I guess it’s like why the caged bird sings: What else has it to do?

Let me backtrack.

Yes, I am a Toa. My name is Kirhuu. I’ve always been the happy-go-lucky member of my Toa team, the jokester. They were shocked when they heard the news.

The body of a Vortixx lies in a medical examination room somewhere, presumably torn open by a doctor with a high estimation of his own intelligence and an assumption that he already knows what happened.

Yes. I killed that Vortixx; I do not deny it. But I killed him for the right reasons.

It took a month for me to prove he was a threat to my city. I didn’t decide on the spur of the moment that I would murder him. My investigation was thorough, and it proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the Vortixx was a cult leader who regularly led his followers to the Mountain — the central landmark of Xia — and picked one to feed to the Mountain as a “worthy sacrifice”. I staked out one such event and relayed my findings back to my team.

They agreed that something had to be done.

So I did what had to be done.

I confronted him that night, a cold one, the wind howling and my exhales morphing into mist. I knew where he was hiding: a small, boarded-up building with a large basement. It didn’t take long to find, and it took even less time for me to break down the door.

He emerged. I shouted. Silver gleamed, and his knife dug into my side.

I ran my sword through him, he whispered one last lie about his innocence, and that was the end of it.

Is it so bad that he’s dead? Xia didn’t lose anyone significant. He was the murderer, and I the exacter of justice. Such is the occupation of Toa.

It’s funny, isn’t it, that killing for my home means my home kills me? It will only have five Toa left to do what has to be done; I pray that my brothers and sisters will actually do it.

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I really like the concept, but this feels too short and doesn't go deep enough. Probably because of the contest deadline, so I understand why. But still, if you decide to revise this, I'll definitely give it a read. The beginning had a lot of great potential, but I feel like the payoff didn't add anything original to the character of the vigilante. I was expecting something like a loophole in the Toa Code, like how a Toa can kill if there's no other way to stop the villain, and the Toa talking about how he felt there was no other way, but his teammates didn't. The way the letter is written makes it seem like the Toa got his team to agree they should act, then secretly went behind their backs and killed the Vortixx without consulting anyone. Even though I know he has a somewhat legitimate argument, I'm glad the Toa is being executed as the story stands.


But I reiterate, this is a great concept and I'd love to see is delivered after you've had a lot of time to focus and flesh it out. Another thing, I feel like naming the Toa is unnecessary. The name is only mentioned once, feels a little forced, actually, and the Toa would have seemed much more mysterious unnamed. Also, I love the idea of a Mountain-worshipping Vortixx cult. If you can adequately expand on the vigilante Toa concept, that alone would make the story great, but it would be awesome if you could go into more detail on the cult and its leader, too.

"You are an absolute in these uncertain times. Your past is forgotten, and your
future is an empty book. You must find your own destiny, my brave adventurer.
-- Turaga Nokama


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I understand your concerns about Kirhuu's justification for killing, but I won't address them because those concerns were meant to be raised. Because this letter was written from Kirhuu's point of view, it's biased; his teammates would probably have a different version of events.


In retrospect, maybe I shouldn't have had Kirhuu slated for execution, just lifelong imprisonment, but that's a different matter.


Maybe I'll return to this concept in a later, longer story; more room to write would provide me with the opportunity to show more justification for Kirhuu's actions and describe the cult in greater detail. I was afraid the letter would drag on for too long if I added the aforementioned descriptions.Thanks for the feedback.

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