Chapter 52: Magic

Let me see now… the physical properties of magic itself, explained in a manner the layman could understand… Everyone is born with a certain amount of what I shall call “earth energy” within them. Earth energy is a latent magical energy, and every man, woman, and child comes into the world with a finite quantity […]

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Chapter 51: Past

My earliest childhood was filled with poverty, this is true. But it was also filled with love and a lot of laughter. I would sit and play in the dirt as my mother weeded and sowed the farm’s small crops, and sometimes I would ‘help’ by tearing up dandelions as she threw them out of […]

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Chapter 50: Lessons

Trigger warnings for this chapter: A character in strong emotional distress, fairly intense D/s (Domination/submission), imprisonment, discussion of slavery*. *Please note that this is dealt with in a sensitive manner that does not negate the very real and terrible issue of slavery in the world, both past and present. The first order of the day […]

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Chapter 49: Need

“My life was not a fairytale, mon cœur.” Valois’s fingers sifted through Gunther’s hair. “You look tired,” he said softly. “I am.” Gunther sighed. “It’s funny, really. I’m never going to get old, but it’s like I am getting old. I feel like I need a break from work.” “From work, or from your cares […]

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