Sylnie sidled up next to me and wrapped her arm around my waist. "Feel better?" she cooed.
I savored her warm touch, but I couldn't help feeling that she was being more motherly than romantic. I shrugged her off and shouted, "No! There's too much going on all at the same time!"
"Then let's take care of one of these problems," Onslaw suggested, giving General Gavsot's disembodied head a cruel jab with his clawed toe.
"We're not killing Gavsot," I said sternly.
"Why not?" Onslaw snapped. "He killed my brother and tried to kill both of us! He tried to steal your throne! He betrayed you!"
"We're not killing Gavsot," I repeated.
"Give me a reason!" he blustered loudly. "Give me one goddamn reason why you shouldn't blow this piece of shit to smithereens right now!"
"Onslaw," Sylnie warned, stepping between us. "You need to calm down."
Ignoring her, Onslaw ranted, "You killed Halkkor. You killed Azraal. You sent Vilnius to his death. This is how you deal with people who try to dethrone you! You kill them! Gavsot's earned that punishment like three times over!"
"I'm not ready to give up on him yet," I explained, knowing full well how dumb it sounded. "How do I know he isn't under some kind of spell or something?"
Onslaw scoffed and shook his head, his eyes wide with disbelief. "It doesn't matter. If he's under a spell, he's still a danger to you. Either way, you can't let him live to overthrow you another day."
"I can lock him up, though," I pointed out. "Throw him in some dark corner of his own department and keep him powerless."
"Until when? When do I get my revenge?"
"Well, you can't kill him," I said. "But there seems to be a vacancy in the Department of Enforcement. Maybe your revenge can be taking his old job from him."
That finally got Onslaw to back off. "You…want me to be the new Director of Enforcement?" he said in awe.
I nodded. "I can draw up a Satanic Order right now. I just need your word that you won't kill Gavsot without my permission."
He gave me a stony stare for a few seconds before murmuring solemnly, "Then you have my word."