I have narrowed my choices down to two options for this next plot point, and I’d like to get your thoughts on which you’d rather see in print.
Here’s the background: Father is in torture chamber, soldiers are questioning him regarding disappearance of rebel queen. To get him to talk, (after exhausting all other torture methods,) they
a) bring in the body of his son, who has clearly been tortured and then left in his cell to starve. The boy is already dead, and they place him on the ground in front of the father as one last final attempt to get information.
b) bring in his son, healthy and alive, then club him in the head right in front of his father.
Option a would focus more on the emotional state that the father is left in after he sees that his son has been murdered by the government he used to serve
Option b would focus on the shock and fear that the father experiences as he watches it happen, and the loneliness that ensues directly after.
I’d love to know what your preference would be, and why, if you have a specific reason. Thanks a million my friends!
Gemi? Steven? All of my friends? Please leave comments.
Oops! Forgot a minor detail, which may actually make a difference: The son is only five years old at the time of his murder.
Graphic violence towards children in adult literature is…well… frowned upon in most circles. Hence the multiple death options.