Just another great addition for the Master of the Short Story. I just loved the narrators voice here. He (you) put in such lovely little details and asides as he described his thoughts, his past, what was happening. Soooo good. As I read it I thought, how does Mordred come up with all these little details? Just amazing.
As to the plot. You slipped in the surprise about Marta. Not what I was expecting. The question now is, why and how?
Your narrator taking advantage of Elsa says a lot about him. He did it without a moments a thought. He is obviously very comfortable in his role as predator. No qualms.
Lovely piece of work.
He is indeed a predator shaped by his horrible past and the demands of his power. He is much like a vampire in that regard. His only real redeeming feature is his pure love for Marta, which is now been threatened
Very nice story, Mordred! Always nice to see you post. A few things, however, did mildly irk me about Mr. Gringle's German, as someone who studies German: It is rather poor, so looking back on it, I suppose it's rather well-written.