Spotlight on The Tears of Elios: Meet Crista McHugh’s Gregor & Ranealya
Tears of Elios author Crista McHugh brings us a taste of her book today…
with this dialogue excerpt between characters Gregor and Ranealya. Click here to read GraveTells’ review of The Tears of Elios.
Gregor: I’ve always wondered why the kingdom has taken such a hard stance against your race.
Ranealya (morphing into the image of a prior king): Wouldn’t you worry about someone that could mimic anyone or anything? Think of the trouble we could cause.
Gregor: True, but it wasn’t until the Great Hunts that the kingdom took action against shapeshifters. I wonder why…
Ranealya (resuming her normal appearance): You’re the expert in all the lore.
Gregor: Yes, but lore doesn’t always convey the truth. For example, I’ve always been told that the reason King Dezrik initiated the Great Hunts was because a shapeshifter tried to kill him and his family.
Ranealya: It wasn’t just one shapeshifter – it was a pack of them. But Malinius was the initiator.
Gregor: So there is some truth in it. Hmmm… You speak as though you knew Malinius.
Ranealya: Unfortunately. Because of him, I’ve had to spend the last fifty years with a price on my head, even though I never took part in his scheme. If anything, I tried to talk some sense into him. (flexes claws)
Gregor: By talking sense into him, I assume you resorted to some form of violence.
Ranealya: A girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do.
Gregor: Did he ever give a reason why he wanted to attack the king and his family?
Ranealya: For generations, Malinius served the kingdom as a soldier, a spy, an assassin. All he wanted was recognition for his service to the crown. A title, a nice plot of land, etc. Instead, he was ostracized because he was “unnatural”.
Gregor: So he was motivated by revenge? (writes notes on his scroll) Funny, I’ve never heard about his service to crown.
Ranealya: History is always written by those in power.
Gregor: Which is why it’s important I document the truth. Tell me more about Malinius.
Ranealya: Why should I? He made some poor decisions, and the rest of my race suffered because of him.
Gregor: Fine. Since you are back to being difficult, then at least answer this question. I’ve always heard that King Dezrik’s children were saved by a kitten that managed to lock them in a closet when Malinius attacked.
Ranealya (pausing, her eyes turning green and catlike): Do you really believe something so ridiculous?
Gregor: I think you know more about it than you say. I wouldn’t be surprised if you witnessed everything that happened that day.
Ranealya: Continue with your delusions, Gregor. I’ve said enough.