A Game Well Played

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Characters: Narcissus, Lazuli
Summary: The glorious rivalry of Machra-la’s brightest rising young stars is reaching its bittersweet conclusion.

May I have a word with you, Sati Lazuli..?”

“But of course, Sati Narcissus. I always do so enjoy our conversations.”

The din turned only slightly less deafening as they made their way into the fresh night air of the gardens, moving with the very studied casual grace of two men expecting a dagger to the back at any moment.

“Our beloved Rava certainly knows how to throw a party, doesn’t she..?” Lazuli commented, turning to face his bitter rival with a benign smile.

“Oh, yes,” Narcissus agreed, smile every bit as sweet. “The Festival of Five Flowers this last spring? Absolutely inspired! I will have to admit, these last few years of sparring with you in all the golden halls of Machra-la have been entertaining beyond measure.”

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Think Of It As An Opportunity

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Characters: Narcissus, Lazuli
Summary: After a near-successful attempt on his life, Lazuli passes suitable judgment on those he perceives have betrayed him.
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The great halls seemed cavernous after the dazzling sunlight, and the echo of Narcissus’ steps over the polished marble sounded harsh and sharp in the unusual silence. He couldn’t remember ever having seen the luxurious palace so empty. The only living creatures in the normally so teeming halls were the guards posted at every corner, and their forbidding presence was everything but high-spirited.
He hurried his steps and once again resisted the urge to dab at his cheek with his sleeve. His escort had left him by the main entrance; with all guards about no one could move freely in the palace, and he knew he was being closely watched. Still, he appreciated the small illusion of courtesy.

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