But he had to side with those of them that drew a line...
He knew from bitter experience that some of them might one day be his to hunt down. Some would think nothing of hurting a child. Some would wound, rape or kill to get whatever it was they needed.
That was statistics, plain and terrible.
Most though, would know where to stop. They would draw a line round about the same place he did. Most would stop at cheating the tax man or driving home after a few drinks too many. Most would go no further than a raised voice or a bit of push and shove to blow away the cobwebs. Most had a threshold of acceptable behaviour; of pain and fury; of disgust at cruelty that was somewhere close to his own.
These were the people Thorne would stand with.
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