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Xalash

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What Is Owed and What Can Never Be

“Thank you, Mr. Drakon.” The smile hurts her teeth, but she pulls it across her mouth like a shield. She knows too well that Drakon prefers grace to sullenness. “I’ll be back soon,” she says, instead of saying she dreams each night of warming her frost-chapped hands over the burning wreckage of everything he owns. These are the dreams of a fool, and Viktoriya aspires to become something other than a fool. After all, she is one of the things Drakon owns. She cannot burn him down until she is free.

She cannot burn him down until she is free.