The Wizard and the Sylph (Part 4, page 3 of 65)

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Part 4

fiction; it was the idea of separation itself which terrified her, because she realised that Anest still had the luxury of freedom, and she did not.

Another thing that disturbed her greatly was the encounter with the soldiers. There had been violence. Death. The first time she had seen Anest's sword she had admired its beauty and craft, much as she had admired the matching rings she and her . . . husband . . . wore. It wasn't until those soldiers came with their weapons and their woe that she fully realised what a sword was used for: hacking; stabbing; dismembering. The very thought made her go cold and sick inside with

horror and revulsion.

Anest had no idea that these things so disturbed her. This was his world; he took it in its course.

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