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I’VE NEVER HEARD OF YOU
Caina still did not feel well, but better than she had for the
last few days.
She never got sick, which was why her sudden illness had
come as a surprise. Events earlier in her life had left Caina with remarkable
good health and vigor, which she had used to good effect since. Still, she
was flesh and blood, as frail as any other mortal.
Despite all the stories about her, which ranged from somewhat accurate
to completely ludicrous.
“I should stay,” said Kylon on the first day she fell ill.
“No, no, it’s just a bad cold,” said Caina.
She sat propped up in bed in their house in Malarae, a book open on her
lap. The doors to the balcony were thrown open, letting in the cool breeze.
The air in Malarae ranged from bracing to almost poisonous, depending
where you were in the great city, but the house that she and Kylon had
bought was close enough to the Imperial Citadel and the foot of the Great
Mountains that the wind coming down from the peaks was sharp and clear.
Hardly fair to those who had to live near the stink of the harbor and the
River Megaros, but Caina had paid a lot for this house, and the cool air was
“Are you sure?” said Kylon, sitting on the edge of her bed. He took her
hand, which felt cool and hard against her feverish skin, and she felt the
faint prickle of his water sorcery. Kylon’s power permitted him to sense the
emotions of anyone around him, save for her. It only worked if he was in
physical contact with her.
Caina gazed at her husband of almost two years. He was a big man,
wide-shouldered, but muscled in such a way that gave an impression of
leanness. His hair and eyes were brown, his skin several shades darker than
hers. Kylon looked like what he was – a Kyracian noble exiled from his
homeland who had married an Imperial noblewoman.
Granted, while he was an exiled Kyracian noble and she was an
Imperial noblewoman, there was quite a bit more to the story.
“Entirely,” said Caina. Usually, if she looked at him or touched him
long enough, she started running her hands through his hair and down his
back, which sent her thoughts to more sensual directions. Now she just
wanted her headache to abate long enough to sleep, which was indeed proof
that she was ill. “It’s just a cold, and I’ll be better in a few days. Besides,
you should be there.
The Emperor appreciates your advice.”
Kylon snorted. “It’s your advice the Emperor appreciates. He prefers to
rant to me about the problems of governing the Empire.”
“That’s because you were a soldier,” said Caina. “He can talk to you as
one soldier to another. I’m a woman, and it would be beneath the Imperial
dignity of the Emperor of Nighmar to complain to a woman.”
He frowned. Caina had no sorcerous ability whatsoever and couldn’t
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