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The Court of the Vassal

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“I believe this is a case that is very much worth our time. Its probably the most important case thus far in your reign,” Henry said, “my lord.”

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"...only images I can know,"

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["Creed vs. discern" ... or ... "discern vs. creed"?]

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The tiger-eye beads around her neck would wink at me like a nervous uncle sharing a secret with a child. They roll on her sternum like marbles. At night, on her nightstand, they whisper my secret to the patchouli-scented room. How long have they known?

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"I always disliked such display of religious fervor. I dislike religious fervor. Period."

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"Maybe…" he began searching for some comforting wisdom. "Maybe it's like this. Husbands live for their wives. Mothers live for their children. And children...well...until they're husbands or wives, they live for themselves."

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....sucking my blood kind of draws the line.

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Azure became silent. She never thought of her death before, nor thought about actually fighting creatures and saving people’s lives.

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