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  1. “I don’t want it.”
    Carrs’s eyes were almost sympathetic. “I don’t think that matters, son.”

    When your solicitor and a stranger to boot is sympathetic, you know you have a problem. No, it doesn't matter. Verus is the chosen one of Drakh, the strongest Dark Mage. He has won against and later indirectly killed Onyx, other Apprentices, other Mages, Light and Dark, known and unknown... I wonder if being a chosen one gives you more political clout? Makes you a target of new groups? What does "chosen one" even really entile?"

    I really like it, that Vari might have hit the nail on the head here. Drakh might "just" want Alex Verus. In the books it already became apparant, that Alex is not able to view Drakh objectively. So there might be a lot he missed, and forced himself to forget.

    "You do have lines, and they’re set. It’s only that they’re not around vague, moral concepts. They’re around other people.”
    Yes. I couldn't agree more. And that might make Alex the most dangerous of enemies. The one that says "I will do everything to kill you." and means it.
    Anne is wonderful. ^^ She understands him maybe best.

    Again, thank you so much for this story. It was a delight to read it!

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      I wonder if being a chosen one gives you more political clout? Makes you a target of new groups? What does "chosen one" even really entile?"

      ^That's something else I want to explore! If I get time before Burned comes out, I'd like to do a sequel to this story that has Alex dealing with the fallout (and benefits?) of his new status as Richard's chosen. And you're right about him not viewing his own interactions with Richard objectively. I think if he did, he might be surprised at Richard's motives.

      I'm glad you liked Anne! I'm a big fan of her character, and I'm so glad she's back in the fold as it were. Her keeping her distance from Alex was painful, because I think he really took it to heart. He sees her as a truly good person, and when she and Sonder both refused to have anything to do with him, I think it made him doubt his own moral character.

      I'm so glad you enjoyed the story! Thank you again for taking the time to comment so profusely. It meant a lot to me. :)

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      1. I'd like to do a sequel to this story
        Please, do it. :D I would even write an "answering" fanfic in that case. :) Not one where he becomes Richard's Chosen of course, but maybe one from Richard's POV. Or maybe Cinder's POV... or some unnamed Dark Mages who meets Verus and thinks "ohshit".

        Anna sees herself as a bad person, and Alex has a crush on her. The funny thing is, she is a truly good person compared to Verus. He can't see her as bad, because what would he be then? (still not bad) They both are capable of very, very horrible things, while being capable of seeing the consequences of their choices in excrutiating detail even while they are acting. They both can't say "It was a reflex". If they kill, they do it because they chose to do it.

        Sonder... sigh. I think he will ally himself with some faction when he returns.

        Always. The fanfic made my months. :D

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