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If she was ever taught that I want doesn’t get, she had refused to learn. She got what she wanted, and if it turned out to be disappointing, she threw it aside and moved on. And so much in life did fail, did disappoint – so many broken toys.

She didn’t wait to be given things now: she took; she chose. She chose power, and cast aside everything else as tawdry imitations against a diamond, cold and brilliant.

Supreme Commander Servalan.

The rest of life’s trinkets came with it; the secret was never to look back at what had been lost.