So this is in the second book, so very far ahead, but I thought I'd share this scene. Just done it, and am kind of pleased with it, but any critique is more than welcome.
Footsteps broke the silence; heavy, mailed footsteps. A guard no doubt. The added sound brought a welcome reprieve from the continual dripping of water, but heralded the return of agony. A key scratched in the lock, scraping as it was twisted. A hideous screech followed as the cell door was pushed open. Sera opened her swollen eyes as much as she could to look upon her companion.
He was dressed in resplendent armour; Cyrian plate metal with golden trims, and a giant falcon emblazoned on the front. The crown and three stripes signified his rank; Knight-Captain. A flowing crimson cape fell down almost to his feet, imprinted with the same falcon. As best as Sera could tell, he was ruggedly handsome. With swept back dark brunette hair, stubble creeping across his jaw, and liquid amber eyes, he looked like a knight from the tales. But he wore no shining armour, he orchestrated this madness.
Sera looked up from the chair on which she was bound to stare him in the eyes. Not a single emotion crossed his face. The maleficent guard looked at her for a brief moment before beginning to pace around her. For a long time, the only sound between them was Sera's rasping, haggard breathing. Eventually, he spoke, in clear, well-spoken tones.
"Where is she?'
"Who?' Sera replied weakly
"Don't play games with me Blackheart, you know who I want, and you know what I'll do to get her'
"All too well...' the simple exertion of talking was enough to send Sera to edge of unconsciousness. The borders of her vision disappeared into nothing. It took all her will to focus. "And they call her a monster'
"I'm no monster. Rather, a dutiful paragon of law carrying out his mandate. Just comply, Sera, it will be much easier and less painful than-'
"Than beating it out of me?' Sera cut him off "I'm not going to give her up'
"Listen to me, little mage' His voice hardened. He had a short temper it seemed "That woman is a threat to the empire's safety. She murders on a daily basis for her own sadistic pleasure, the kin decrees that she be brought in by any means'
"Any means like taking a nineteen year old girl from her home, depriving her of food, water, and basic human rights and torturing her for information? All to try and reign in a loving assassin with severe emotional scars from people like you? And I suppose the king gave you all this information about her did he? Because he was known for being a caring father to her and didn't put a bounty on her head?'
"Listen here. Your... I don't even know what to call her in relationship to you' he paused for a few seconds "Your lover, as if that wasn't sick and twisted enough already, has been a habitual murderer for years, 12, if you're counting. You can't deny she gets some sick pleasure out of doing so'
"She kills for the power. She kills because she's good at it, good enough that people fear her. She does it all so she's not the scared little girl who gets pushed around and bullied by cruel half-brothers, so she's not the weak little girl unable to protect herself when a guard forces himself on her' Sera began to raise her voice as much as she could, her anger numbing her pain "She kills with a fury made from twelve years of living in a domestic hellhole, where every minute was like a fight for survival, a fight to matter to anyone but Kezrah, a friend who is now dead, and Felix. The king doesn't know shit about her because he never cared about her; she's not his legitimate daughter. I know her better than almost anyone alive, behind a fierce exterior is a person who just wants to matter, to be loved, to feel like a damn person! You, Knight-Captain, are a more vicious human than she'
Her rant over, sera felt the cold claws off oblivion grab her. Her vision darkened further, and the Knight-Captain sounded more distant. A gauntlet gripped around her neck and forced her head up to look him in the eyes.
"And still you protect her'
"I will die before I give her up. This is undeserving of the woman who saved the entirety of your empire' Sera moved to rub her jaw as he let go, forgetting that he hands were bound behind her.
"One good deed does not excuse her lifetime of crime'
"But it seems enough to condemn her' Sera whispered softly.
"Why do you protect her?' asked the man "Out of love?'
"I love her, I always have done and I always will do. I will not betray her'
"Do you know how many of my men wanted to kill you as an unnatural freak? If anything, you owe me your life'
"An unnatural freak?' Sera shot back "For loving another woman? Why is that such an issue, because she has breasts, because she isn't a man? I fail to see the stigma associated with this. And I owe you my life? No, I owe you days of agonizing pain, keeping me alive has not been such a saintly act as you perceive it to be'
"Fine then, I tried being nice. From now on, my boys get to torture you. They won't kill you of course, we need your information, but we'll see then how thankful you are for my intervention" as he walked past the bloody and bruised girl he stroked her cheek "You get some rest now, It's gonna be a busy day tomorrow'