I hear the rattling of my cell mate's chains; the emptiness in here makes the sound echo painfully. He walks over to the hole in the wall and out of the corner of my eyes I see him wrap his thin fingers around the bars and his lips move. "Today is a special day. Today is your execution day, and you only get one of these. Funny how it works isn't it? Most people have several birthdays, sometimes decades worth but everyone only gets one death day. Yours unfortunately has been changed into an execution." I agree with him and nod feebly. "Although some would say that death would be a better option than what you're going through. What was your sentence again? Oh yes that's it... Exile into Misera by the Ban Hammer. "You must have done something scathing to get that ruling. What did you do? Murder? Rape? Sell slaves? Kill a nobleman? My, you must have a track record. Then again if you do, I doubt there's much pity for you. Probably why you got such a harsh sentence." I growl and pull hard at my chains. "What, you think there's hope for you? Oh please, you've heard the stories. Once you're bopped with the Hammer it's lights out. There's no way for you to come back. I don't even know what happens to your brain. Your body still works, but they put you in your coffin till your body gives out. Mind still works, but you never wake up. Once your heart stops beating they close the casket and set you alight. I've seen it happen in the square before. " I fall silent, and my hands fall to the floor. "What's that? "Oh yes... It is rather cruel of Queen Diana but you can't complain. You got yourself into this mess. Me, all I did was steal some money. I'll be out of here soon. But you... I don't feel one lick of sympathy for you. Our Queen's a forgiving sort, so whatever you've done you must've unleashed the demons within her." My hair hides my smile. "I'll get out. You'll see."