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You wanted this. Keep reminding yourself of that.
You've been thinking about it for years. You did your research. You found a witch that carries a powerful reputation, highly regarded by its peers, and, and…
Now that you're here, all the nervousness is catching up to you.
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The darkness insisted on its own finality. It didn't so much close around me as it devoured even the memory of light. It was as though darkness was all I had ever known.
It insisted I give up, lie down, and accept this ending.
Truthfully, I never did know how to do that.
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"If you're heading out, I'm going with. Rules haven't changed."
"I'm a grown woman, Sev," I counter. "I should be more than capable of grabbing cigarettes myself."
"Still coming," he says, grabbing his coat.
I don't budge. "It's because I'm not real. Isn't it?"
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A coven must guard itself against the interloper that brings infectious false magic into its midst.
When it adopts a young thing that appears to have the gift, it is a kindness. When it later dumps the same girl into a pit to rot, that is also a mercy.