Xuan had known people there, of course. He’d visited Melmoore several times in his youth. He’d been fond of Lac’Vayce in particular for its combination of lush tropical vistas and ancient cultural heritage. Sure, it had been something of a tourist trap, but that was probably why the locals were so absurdly welcoming and friendly.
He visited the battleground afterward. The Vanguard had walled the whole island off, but Xuan managed to get inside for a look.
Only a smoldering wasteland remained. Where once had been dozens of skyscraping hotels and office buildings, only a few piles of rubble stood. The very ground itself was mushy under his feet, even smoking and oozing in places. And the stench.
He didn’t know why he was thinking about all this now.
No. On second thought, he did know. This was exactly why he hated being bored. It made him introspective; it brought out the old man in him. And all in all, there just weren’t enough good memories--not when compared with all the bad ones.
What a sour old fart, he’d become.
Wait a minute.
This wasn’t supposed to be happening.
His mind was joined with Duvoss’.
It was perfectly fine to multitask.
Concentrate on two things at once.
But drifting like this.
These thoughts shouldn’t have felt so far removed.
This wasn’t right.
Where were Duvoss’ thoughts?
At this very moment, what was the reaper thinking?
Xuan seized control again. Smoke gathered, swirled, and his hand formed. It found his point of control, his merged mind, and pulled.
Duvoss came free, exhausted and unconscious.
The smoke shuddered and dispersed, giving way to Xuan’s small frame. He hit the floor with his reaper in hand and struggled there as his body refused to listen to him.