What are You in the Dark?

“What are You in the Dark?” Of course, we may all find ourselves a bit less put together when we are behind closed doors. We let our hair down, relax our standards, and don’t worry about putting our best foot forward.

For most of us, this isn’t a problem. When the time comes, we roll up our sleeves and jump right back into the best version of ourself.

What happens though, when you’re alone in the privacy of your own space with no one else around, and you realize you could get everything you ever wanted if you just made one single compromising decision?

You can fill in any circumstances you want – plagiarizing an online article into an essay, or even leaving nasty anonymous comments on a post.

Where are we going with all of this? This decision, this test of your moral fiber, is called, “What are You in the Dark.”

In Forging the Sword, the final book of the Farsala Trilogy by Hilari Bell, Fasal faces this challenge. He thinks he can gain all the secrets of the Hrum army if he just tortures one officer. I mean, they’re in the middle of the desert – who’s going to find out?

In this case, Fasal’s moral backbone is given reinforcement by Jiaan arriving just in time – thanks to the efforts of one person who does not like who Fasal is in the dark, er, desert. Jiaan gives a Rousing Speech (flashback!) about how they can only win against the Hrum if they are better than the Hrum. They can not compromise who they are as an army just to win, no matter how tempting. Just because no one would know doesn’t make it better.

So, “What are You in the Dark”?


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