anonymous asked: favorite character+the young elites
Inquisitors drag Teren to his feet. Even now, in his pain
and exhaustion and heavy chains, he pulls and strains against them, causing the
multiple iron shackles binding his limbs to pull taut. To my surprise, he
smiles at me. It is a bitter, anguished smile, full of heartbreak. His cheeks
are wet with tears and rain. His eyes still shine with madness, and now I
realize that the madness is because of Giulietta’s death.
“Why don’t you kill
me, my little wolf?” he says. His voice is strangely calm now, hoarse with a
sorrow I have not heard before.
YA Lit Meme: [2/2] Antagonists >> Teren Santoro (The Young Elites by Marie Lu)
He gathers his strength. Then he slams the mallet down on the knife’s handle. The knife strikes true. The body goes rigid, twitching. Then, gradually, the movements fade. The king is dead. Long live the queen.
“There is a yearning in you to set things right, little malfetto—you are smarter than the others, because you know there is something wrong with you. It tears at your conscience, doesn’t it? You have hatred for yourself, and I admire that. It’s why you keep coming back to me. The only way to cure yourself of this guilt is to atone for it by saving your fellow abominations. Help them return to the Underworld, where they belong. Do this with me. You and I can set the world right again, and when we do, the gods will deem us forgiven.”
I walk over to Teren, then bend down so that my gaze meets his. I watch the rain pour down his face. When was the first time I saw this face? When I was chained to the stake, of course, and he had come to bend down before me. How poised he had been, then, with this handsome, chiseled face and his mad, pulsing eyes. I smile, realizing that we have switched places now.
I bend close to his ear, in the same way he had once done to me. “No,” I say. “I will keep you, until the day I choose not to. You have destroyed and harmed all that is dear to me. In return, I want you to know what that feels like. I will not kill you. I will keep you alive. I will torture you.” My voice drops to a whisper. “Until your soul is dead.”
To atone for my cursed magic, I devote myself to the Inquisition all the days of my life. I will serve the queen, rightful ruler of Kenettra. Not only will I rid this world of Young Elites, but I shall rid this world of malfettos.
He would burn every single one of them at the stake. Abominations. If only he could make them understand.I will find you all. I will use everything in my power to save your souls. I was born to destroy you.