It was not the first time Servan had stood before the Inquisition. Despite working with the Alliance, the Linnean intendants were never bound to their jurisdiction or to their courts. The Linnean Assembly held judgment on their own. She had never seen the room fully lit, only as it appeared now. A spotlight above cut a crisp circle of light into the floor where she was to stand below the three faceless figures and face judgment for her actions.
You can find more of my first published short story, Catharsis, in Tales from the Year Between, Vol. 2: Under New Suns by Skullgate Media.