Chapter 53: Advice and Dissent
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“I understand. Or rather, I don’t understand, but I know I should,” Hecate said, looking across the cluttered and soiled white linen at Malila.

“Understand what?” Malila said.

“I should understand how seductive babies should be to us, to women. They are to men too, of course, but I don’t think I will understand that.”

Malila look puzzled until Hecate added, “I’ve been reading.”

Malila moved around the table to sit next to her. “You are still going to the warehouse? What is it like?”

“Like a morgue, but the corpses look back at you. The books are only alive when people can read them. They aren’t really alive with just me.”


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