“You killed Anne Ryans.” Sarah’s voice was quiet, but there was nothing soft about it.
“Don’t be ridiculous. The little bitch killed herself.” Hojo-lite was watching him. Enjoying how the rukh shivered and shimmered around them, mirror-silver to night-black. “She just happened to take out one of our better procurers in the process. Mariñelarena may have been a coarse sort, but he knew how to find what we wanted.” Gray eyes had an avaricious gleam. “I wonder how it tore at your little pet. Knowing her own father-”
That. Is. Enough.
“Give it up,” Alan said raggedly. “I’ve seen people pushed into Falling before. You? You have nothing on them.” God, the water was cold. “Maria’s not responsible for what her jerk of a father did. She saved my life.” Because good as a Djinn was, Amon had miscalculated, and if he hadn’t been in a hospital for those feverish weeks who knew what would have happened. “Go sit on a turbine and rotate. You think you can turn me?” He shook his head, hair sloshing through chill that climbed toward his ears. “You can’t. Burn down the world around me, and I won’t hate you.” One breath. Another, as he raised his head to stare into evil gray. “But I will stop you.”
“Falling?” Hojo-lite smirked, crossing his arms confidently. “What do you think this is, an old Sinbad fairytale? No one Falls into a bottomless well of dark power, to be condemned to hate and despair for all eternity. It’s not thaumaturgically possible.”
…Right. Because Aladdin spent who knows how many thousands of years fixing the rukh so people wouldn’t–
“Now, psychotic breaks – well, those happen.” The mad magician’s smirk gained a harder edge. “And psychologists have no idea how those in the grip of psychosis can perform impossible feats. When it’s so utterly simple. In those with the potential for power… strong emotions rouse the most energy of all.” A laugh, like any adult faced with a too-innocent child. “You won’t hate? Then you have no chance of defeating a kitten, much less… well.” One hand lifted in an expansive wave, taking in chains, tanks, the ancient stone walls. “Pacifists are so easily manipulated.”
If you think not wanting to hurt people is pacifism, boy have you got another think coming.