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In a Wide Room (part 1)This'll complement "Contradictions and Compromise," "Unafraid," and "Humanness" as well.In a Wide Room (part 1) by WallofIllusion
Everyone else trickled out. Even Spirit looked from Lord Death to his one-time meister and slunk away.
Stein couldn't have moved if there had been a fire.
Soon he would have to focus his eyes on the god before him; soon he would have to speak, to ask questions and hear answers and take in the reality of what had just happened and what would happen in the near future. In this moment, though, there was only echoing silence and empty horror in Stein's head, and the possibility—however faint—that Lord Death could relieve it with a few simple words.
No such words materialized in the air between them.
Stein raised his head and formed an objection that felt dull even as it sunk out of his mouth: "You can't send me there."
It was as impotent as any protest he'd ever offered to the implaca
HumannessThis is a sequel to Unafraid and makes the most sense when read as part three of a series that starts with Contradictions and Compromise.Humanness by WallofIllusion
Death had hoped it wouldn't come to this. To call Stein back into the Death Room like calling a naughty child to the principal's office seemed the last thing in the world that would help him, but the situation was desperate. Stein had been crashing on Sid's couch for two months now, and Sid was concerned.
Look, I'm not the kind of guy who would chase away a man in need, but something's wrong with him. He keeps saying he's gonna move out but then I find him at the edge of town again, just staring into the distance.
He was afraid, Death knew. When Stein had come to him in the middle of the night, Death had felt—nothing. The kind of nothing that meant he should have been feeling fear. And so he had calibrated his responses poorly, and as a result had watched fear cree