([identity profile] wrote in [personal profile] olyabird 2010-10-15 08:46 pm (UTC)

"Well, for you, maybe it's different." She feels it more than she sees it, feels it scorch her skin like the Gobi sun at noon. "Maybe that is your gift."

She rolls the cigarette between her fingertips, watching the coal burn down.

"If you ask," she says, pausing. "I will stay. But you have to know, it puts you in danger to ally yourself with me. Grave danger. And I may not be able to protect you from the consequences."

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