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You're not afraid of staining your hands, I know.

But, caro, you shouldn't. It does not behoove you.

Not yet.

Later, perhaps, you'll discover your gusto for violence. You will tune and play it like an instrument: strumming but a lazy folia, you'll strike fear into the hearts of men. But not now, carissim'. There are things it would be unwise for a cardinal to do, so I only let you see and taste the poison you will need to survive.

But when the time comes, you'll be ready. You'll be faster, smarter, deadlier, and... only then will I yield.

 

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