Man of War – Excerpt No. 67

Marc placed his boots against the handle for leverage while holding onto the outer bars. Despite his legs doing most of the work, he knew this would strain his arms and shoulder, but he was out of options. 

He pushed hard against the poker. The force applied worked as a lever and pushed out the middle bar, while pulling in the one adjacent. The pain was intense, so much so that his eyes were blurred with tears. Still, he pushed on until the handle went flat with the bars. 

“I need more to play with,” Marc said. 

He repeated this process two more times, above and below the original bend point. The last time he did so, he could not immediately bring himself to go through with it. However, after taking several hard breaths, he fought through the pain until the poker snapped in half. 

Picture of teenage boy inside a dark tunnel with water at the bottom. Trying to bend the vertical metal bars with a fireplace poker. Clothes and background appropriate for 16th century France.

Disclaimer: This excerpt from Man of War is currently in development. There may be typos, errors, omissions, inconsistencies and so forth.


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