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    Luned was riding on a giant cockroach, and she...

    Luned was riding on a giant cockroach, and she did not find the experience to be a pleasant one.

    Roaches, giant or otherwise, were not built for riding. Their wings were too wide, which meant one...
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    Meanwhile, Flint was around the corner. He was...

    Meanwhile, Flint was around the corner. He was trying to figure out why he had a human head in his left hand, sans body, but dismissed the mystery in favor of the next kill. The gangs were struggling...
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    The sewers had an overpowering scent, but it...

    The sewers had an overpowering scent, but it wasn’t what one would expect. It was a chemical smell, acrid and unnatural, and somehow promised it was something you didn’t want to get on your skin....
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    Though the sewers were familiar to him, Flint...

    Though the sewers were familiar to him, Flint couldn’t help but feel as though everything was different too. Part of it was that they had expert guides this time: Sulli and Addoc knew where they were...
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    It was almost a half hour later that Pyralis came...

    It was almost a half hour later that Pyralis came back to them in a rush. She was panting, her hair matted to her face in the dank humidity of their subterranean environs. “Helethra,” she huffed....
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    “Child,” Flint said to Pyralis, causing her to...

    “Child,” Flint said to Pyralis, causing her to peek around the corner at him wide-eyed. She’d stepped out of the nook, ostensibly to look for something she hadn't tried to define, but clearly hadn’t...
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    Pyralis had hurried them out of what they...

    Pyralis had hurried them out of what they remembered as the rat king’s chamber and into a smaller nook in the sewers, clearly concerned that Helethra might change her mind and decide to do some...
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    Flint sensed Luned tense beside him, could...

    Flint sensed Luned tense beside him, could imagine her closing her eyes and holding a sigh. He’d been blunt, said too much all at once, and he knew it - he wasn’t stupid. She would know why though....
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    Later, Flint and Luned removed themselves from...

    Later, Flint and Luned removed themselves from the grahf’s estate and promptly disappeared into the chaos of the city again. It was late afternoon and beginning to drizzle the grey, foul-smelling...
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    “Swanra’ann and I, we have an interesting...

    “Swanra’ann and I, we have an interesting dichotomy,” Holjaer said. “Her schtick is obfuscation, mine is revelation, you see? Not to say I just run around revealing secrets, but I like to know things...
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    Holjaer laid out the story as he understood it. ...

    Holjaer laid out the story as he understood it.

    For months after they disappeared from Ettermire years ago, Swanra’ann had scoured every inch of the city. She’d tried to keep it a secret, but...
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    Flint rolled his shoulders as he walked,...

    Flint rolled his shoulders as he walked, side-by-side with Luned. For the first time in what felt like years - what had been years - he felt like himself again. Or perhaps it was more than that. He...
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    The question caught Flint by surprise, and all...

    The question caught Flint by surprise, and all his ruminations about Luned were - miraculously - put on hold. Until now, he’d either been waiting to wake up or for the next dream to start. When had...
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    Flint was up and halfway across the room before...

    Flint was up and halfway across the room before even he was aware of what was happening. The table crashed to the floor with an incredible cacophony of noises: splintering wood and shattered glass,...
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    Flint’s world was reduced, blessedly, to the base...

    Flint’s world was reduced, blessedly, to the base essentials.

    He needed food so desperately he couldn’t believe the depth of his longing. Someone put food in front of him, so now he ate. He didn’t...
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    The underground laboratory was hidden underneath...

    The underground laboratory was hidden underneath some kind of factory, which Luned was now leading Flint through. Workers stared down at them from scaffoldings as sparks and smoke rained down from...
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    She wasn’t sure how she got him sitting up, but...

    She wasn’t sure how she got him sitting up, but she did.

    Flint was awake, but he wasn’t back yet. He stared around the room blearily, his gaze always lingering on her behind an unsure expression,...
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    The scribe’s eyes flicked over the scene. Her...

    The scribe’s eyes flicked over the scene. Her heart hammered in her chest, and her sense of purpose was back with a vengeance. First, she needed to make sense of all this.

    She hoisted herself up...
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    And then Luned could breathe again. She...

    And then Luned could breathe again.

    She opened her eyes, confounded by momentary blindness. Her vision adjusted to the sudden change: she was no longer in sunlight, but somewhere deep...
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    ...if we shaved your head, I suspect people would...

    ...if we shaved your head, I suspect people would think we are related.
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    A short time later, Katsunada sat at the end of a...

    A short time later, Katsunada sat at the end of a canoe gliding across the pond and away from the bungalow. Noambu sat across from him, six or seven feet away, and behind him was a young man working...
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    Somewhere in the south seas, months ago ...

    Somewhere in the south seas, months ago


    Katsunada stepped off the dinghy and onto solid ground again, squinting against the equatorial sun with one hand on the hilt of his weapon. He preferred...
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    Resolve found herself whispering “holy shit” a...

    Resolve found herself whispering “holy shit” a lot as she sprinted through what was left of the governor’s mansion. She wasn’t horrified by what he could do, but by what he would. Anger, she...
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    Children of Darkness

    Years Ago

    The governor was already out of bed by the time his personal guard burst into the bedroom: four men carrying lamps and drawn swords.

    “We need to move,” the captain said.

    The...
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    Or maybe more irrational fear

    Or maybe more irrational fear
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