Natalie came awake with a start, opening her eyes and staring up at… oh. Gunther. She blinked, scrubbed a hand over her eyes, then glanced around. Right then. She was still in the Veil, and Gunther was perched on the edge of the bed she’d fallen asleep on, smiling down at her.
“Hi there,” he murmured, ignoring the tongue she stuck out at him. “Sorry to wake you from your beauty sleep, but Valois is recovered enough that we need to take him to the Grove. Elsanine wanted me to tell you that you can either return to reality, or you can come with us.”
“If you think I’m going to go home when I’m the reason he’s like this, then you’ve got another think coming,” Natalie mumbled. “But first, who do I have to murder to get a coffee around here?”
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