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Jack meets sexy crystal at party

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The crystal glows sexily at Jack, pulsing with a deep blue light. When the party ends, he goes home with it.

Jack is fascinating to the crystal, compelling, beautiful. His eyes promise a thousand years of memories -- laughter, affection, taste, touch, love, sadness, loss. The crystal craves memories, pulling them in from those who touch it, refracting them back to give its partners pleasure or pain.

Before Jack leaves, the crystal offers him a gift: it will use its memory-resonance inside Jack's mind, strengthening his happiest memories, blunting the sharpest edges of those that grieve him most.

Jack declines.