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The dryad visits just once per cycle of the moon, but you always look forward to its arrival. Sometimes it brings gifts from the forest, sometimes gifts from the other towns it visits, sometimes just the gift of its company, but it is your friend, and you always greet it happily.
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Her eyes narrow. "Why are *you* coming to *me* with this?"
"You're the only one in the palace I trust," I respond flatly, staring her dead in the eyes.
"Bullshit. I'm the one who still hasn't forgiven you for everything you did before joining our side."