Perhaps they did not know when it would come, or what it would require to what end. But they had to know they’d face the crucible that will reveal a moral fiber, if they had one.
They’d have to choose then: good or bad, peace or harm, truth or falsehood.
It would appear an easy choice, to go for better judgment. And yet they had so tangled themselves in the net of lies, that extrication meant losses they weren’t quite prepared to reap. Not when they hoped for revenue from crouching behind flags of insurrection.
Dark history, revisited.
For Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt: Crucible in 100 words