The names hit her like fists, and she dropped the tray in shock. She hadn’t known they were there, had never heard the names I’d given them, but I could see the recognition in her eyes.
“I came back for you as soon as I could. It couldn’t have been more than a few hours.”
“It was thirteen years. The first ten alone, then most of three years with Angel; Ariel joined us a few months ago.”
“I don’t understand. How could you have been there for so long? How could they have even gotten in? How could you have given them real names? Do you even know what we are?”
She was honestly bewildered, and there was panic rising in her voice. She’d walked in certain she was holding a Royal Flush, only to find out we were playing Twister.
“Yeah, I think I finally do. Seeing you drop the slutty valkyrie act was the last piece in the puzzle.”
“You’re a Muse.”
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