by Danny H Jorgensen
All hearts must break, and so know new life.
There comes a time when each person must grasp or reject their fate.
This is that time for three very different people, tied by the bonds of time and power, face a decision.
Something of each dies, and something new is born.
Also, a millennia-long fight using ecosystems as weapons, serial killing for a higher cause and beans excreted by cats.