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Recalcitrant Host

Keep it secret. Keep it safe.

The stormjoy rolls over the landscape, blanketing the coastline in the stinging fog of its exhalations. Its passing stirs crackling ribbons of lightning from Fundament's atmosphere. Xi Ro waits in hiding, folded up Krill-small, as the living cloud approaches. It lowers the dangling threads of its feeding tentacles. Each is tipped with light. The light fills Xi Ro's heart with a terrible, aching happiness. The sensation sits heavy inside her, bearable only because it is unwelcome. This will be the fourth bait star she collects. Xi Ro dreams that when the Helium Drinkers strike next, she will use the bait stars to blind them, then cut them up while they writhe. She must leap as high as she can to cleave the bait star loose. The tentacle detects a stirring in the air and whips around. If she is slow, it will tear the blade from her hands. She is not slow. Her sword cuts neatly through glistening, translucent muscle fibers, and with her free hand, she snatches the falling bait star from the air. The tentacle reels away, ascending into the sky like a withdrawn rope. Xi Ro exults. It is only when she turns around that she sees her elder sister. Aurash is standing with her limbs limp at her sides, her scrolls scattered at her feet. Xi Ro sees in her three eyes the euphoria that is the stormjoy's weapon. Xi Ro leaps and tackles her sister into the dirt. After, the two of them wait beneath shelter while the stormjoy advances down the coast. Aurash is sullen, but Xi Ro knows it can be fixed. "Look." Xi Ro holds out the bait star. "We can take joy for ourselves." Aurash lifts the star by its shriveled stalk, then cups the light in her claws, like a small fire. Xi Ro shoves her playfully, trying to knock the star loose. But Aurash holds fast.

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Version Log

Season 0
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Season 21Season of the Deep
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