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In the times that followed, if she thought about that time at all, she thought of it as penance for her outburst –
– and that was how she thought of tying up the man, Daran, who owned her, beating him, humiliating him, as an outburst – penance, or another step in her eventual goal.
She tried not to think of it at all. She cleansed him, and then he made her dirty. Dirty, all over. Filthy.
And then he cleaned her, as carefully as she’d cleaned him.
And then, in the heart of the Prince’s castle, in the heart of her enemy’s territory, she took him to meet the Mechanism.
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