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Smashwords Edition 1, January 2010

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Published by Ann Somerville

Chapter 1

You can come inside now. She’s gone home.”

Einan drew in a deep breath of the humid night air before he turned to face his boss, framed in the kitchen’s doorway. “Sorry. I...I just forgot. I tried to calm her down and it—”

Lano waved away his apology. “Forget it. I told Jaril twice already to knock off the temper ‘round you, but she...well, you know. She just gets riled and then it’s duck and cover for everyone.”

Einan had to grin. “Yeah.”

It hadn’t been funny at the time, though. Jaril stomping through the kitchen, throwing down plates and cutlery every which way and cursing over some customer bitching at her about an order, had scraped saw-edged teeth on his talent. Automatically, he’d reached out to soak away some of her anger, forgetting that was the very last thing he could or should do any more—the shock to his empathy had sent him reeling. He’d had to bolt outside before he puked all over Lano’s kitchen.

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