22.) How It Ends.

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“Do you know what happened to Neimei?”
“No, I’ve been off the last couple days.”
“She’s gone. I heard she did a no-show yesterday.”
“Molvy must be heartbroken.”
“Vitre said Molvy gave notice.”
“Typical. Can’t even wait for the season to finish before they all flee.”

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21.) Dmiri and Kreth.

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Dmiri was curled into a tight ball on his bed, buried under his quilt. Ever since the power discharge ran through him, he was exhausted and his head had been throbbing; not quite a headache most of the time, it felt more like he was feeling the pulse of the earth in his temples. It wasn’t the right time of the month for him to be feeling cramps, either, but this morning he’d woken up feeling that womb-deep pain in his abdomen. The energy build-up and discharge, so sudden and without any of the careful preparations and controls he’d been taught, had wrecked his body. Nothing he wouldn’t recover from eventually, with time to rest and will to meditate to rebuild the channels for energy he’d been trained to visualize since he was small, but it would be slow progress. In the meantime he was relieved not to actively working, even if the reason for the break was awful and blamed him for something that wasn’t really his fault.

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20.) Molvy wakes.

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Molvy’s first thought upon regaining consciousness was that she felt like death warmed over. The second was that a mouth shouldn’t feel so fuzzy. She rolled over, and felt like her stomach wouldn’t stop turning. Her skull felt like the wrong size, and was throbbing. She made an small, wordless whimpering noise.

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19.) Vitre and Hexen.

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People called it ‘the incident’, or ‘that thing Dmiri did’. It overshadowed the trickle of news coming out of the Polis about the stadium bombing, at least among the employees at the resort. It made Vitre furious, especially when ne heard that Bharah had suspended him from work and was talking about firing him. Kreth, of all people, was one of Dmiri’s most vocal supporters when the lunchroom talk turned nasty. Terynik could barely stopped crying long enough to get through work each day. Neimei, the only one among the crew who had lived in the Polis before coming to work here, was withdrawn and barely around outside of her duties. Everyone was on edge.

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18.) Molvy and Neimei.

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“Are you sure this is going to work?”

“No.”

Molvy paused. She took a deep breath, and then told Neimei, “Next time I ask that, please just lie to me.”

“If there’s a next time, I will,” Neimei promised.

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17.) Dmiri gets coffee.

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Molvy and Neimei stopped talking and looked up as soon as Dmiri entered the employee break-room. Molvy looked guilty, which Dmiri usually assumed meant he’d been the subject of the conversation. Neimei’s expression was unreadable. He ignored them both, and headed for the coffee station.

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16.) Storytime.

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“Right, so Tenebrae is trapped on this island, cursed to live there because of some celestial rivalry that ended up getting carried out down here, and—”

“Hey, no skipping the best parts!”

“Fine, Terynik. Fine. Who’s telling this story again? But sure, have it your way.”

“Thank you, cousin, you’re the best.”

“So Tenebrae gets cursed during a battle because—”

“Battle with?”

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