“We’ve all taken new names here.” He sat up a little taller, a newfound confidence cascading through him. Something lit up inside him. “Shedding the old world to embrace the new,” he explained with reverence, a faraway look in his eyes. He settled his gaze back on her broken face. “You understand.” She didn’t understand. Why wouldn’t he just tell her what she wanted to know? With a wry smile, he finally relented. “Phoenix. We’ll call you Phoenix.” Phoenix? She knew he couldn’t see her expression through the gauze that swathed her face, but the question must have been evident in her eyes. “Rising from the ashes. Renewed, restored – filled with hope for the future. I think that will suit you, given your recent… ordeal.” He sat back, a smug grin spreading across his face. <continue reading>
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