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Jodie was in pure agony. The days had turned colder, but the sun still beat down at her without mercy. Her skin twice blistered, the sores broken and openly weeping, only to burn again the next day. Bette had the cage brought just inside the prison cell at night, the temperatures dropping fast when the sun went down.
But there was no relief from the cramped space, Jodie could not extend her legs and her neck was bent to allow her to fit. Having her cage moved was brutal, there was nothing to cushion her body from the metal and the guards were less than careful with the transport, jostling and dragging the cage as they went.
The bars would scrape her skin each and every time she moved, torture at every turn. During the day, she could not escape the sun and her fair sun suffered, then at night the cold swept in and left her chattering and shivering under a thin blanket. Only the bars of the cage offered any barrier and once she moved to expose a different strip of skin there was no comfortable position.
Sleep was elusive and she was given only enough water and food to sustain her, the hunger ever present, gnawing at her empty stomach with a persistence that kept her up at night, making her nauseous and dizzy. Long ago her legs and back went numb and she no longer moved when the guards poked at her from below, not caring what they saw of her nakedness, her world a haze of pain and misery.
Tina watched her for a long moment, unseen from the top of the battlement above, noting the ghastly sunburn, the cramped space, the limpness of limbs. Jodie would not last another 48 hours let alone the rest of the week. The healer in her cried in sympathy but she knew this was justice at work and Jodie had earned every minute of it. Still, it needed to end.
Finding Bette and Shane in the armory looking at swords, Tina waited until the castle armorer left before making her presence known. Bette glanced at her as she lifted a long sword off the wall, testing it’s weight, taking a few practice swings. She smiled fondly at the pretty blonde, she and Tina had not seen much of each other over the past week and Tina was always a welcome sight.