We were appalled. Elijah was bruised and bloodied about the face, but he brushed our concern aside and assured us that all would be well.
And he added for my benefit that his interrogators ceased their thuggish actions so abruptly that he knew I must be interceding for him.
(There is nothing like an encouraging report to buoy your spirits and for strengthening your resolve to go on). The Captain was so encouraged that he stayed awake softly singing songs of praise.
They came for me next.
They had no new questions and I had no new answers.
The main interrogator was raising his hand to strike me when he recoiled in fear.
I was ordered back to our chamber.