The Clubs had been less than sure about Marcus's confession after the Trial, but Argine had spent three to five hours a day since then talking to him, and now that a fortnight had passed she felt reasonably sure that he was, indeed, telling the truth - at least as he saw it.
Those involved in the post-trial discussion were, of course, kept abreast of anything she discovered, and on the day of the execution they were all present to witness Marcus, one last time, say the words that had finally convinced Argine of his sincerity.
"Please, let me die for this. I've committed two crimes worth dying for, and I'd rather die for killing a king." The other crime, of course, had been interfering with Athena's plans - both in killing the King and in failing to defeat Delilah.
Argine nodded, this time. "Yes, Marcus. Everything's prepared."
Elisha pulled him to his feet as his hands were bound behind him, and walked him out to the scaffolding that had been prepared in the courtyard. Argine and Alexander followed, and after them Lancelot and Eileen. Once again, her daughter had decided to forgo childhood to fulfill her duty as Ace.
Elisha deposited Marcus on the platform, and instructed him to kneel before the block over which he would - in a moment - lean his neck.
Alexander took a greatsword none watching had ever seen used, and ascended to the platform. He addressed Marcus, charging him with the crime, and delivering the sentence. Marcus, when asked if he understood, simply nodded, and then closed his eyes, seeming to hold his breath. Those gathered held their breath with him. the greatsword, in Alexander's powerful hands, went up and then came down, severing the head neatly. It bounced, rolled, and fell into the cauldron placed for the occasion as blood squirted from arteries and drenched the block and the body that had been Marcus slumped in death.
Argine briefly put a hand over her mouth, but did not look away. Still, she could not refrain from reflecting upon the fact that no one had been executed in such a public way in the Deck for a very long time. She was not glad that it had begun again with her own Suit.
[[ooc: and thus ends the plot... mods and Elisha/Eileen muns: let me know if anything needs to be changed? Otherwise, everyone should feel free to react away, and have pups discuss or just be disgusted.]]
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