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Introduced by the author, explaining the titular gemstone of distinctive color and cut, the protagonist’s relationship with it, the role of such gemstones in this world and its history, and their connection to other stories in this world.

Her words made no sense, but neither did the lost hours. I shivered in the warmth of the day. Beyond the window, in the square, I saw a familiar figure in a tattered cloak. Even from a floor up, the smell that greeted me was unpleasant: unwashed hair, perhaps rotting leather. Suddenly, I wanted to escape from my studio and the chill that hung over it.

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Read “The Topaz Marquise” by Fran Wilde, in Issue #152

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