The Prince did not know the Mechanism was there. Of that, Stavanna was certain. If he’d known… things would be different, in one of a dozen ways.
It took four components of her bracelets to open the door. She was glad she didn’t need any of the tricks in her collar; she didn’t want her Master to know about those tricks yet.
Inside, the door closed behind them, the Mechanism glimmered and shone. A chair… nominally. A crank, several levers…
“What is it?”
“It is the most beautiful creation in all the world. And the most deadly. Will you sit?”
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