Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tale
Type of Short Story: Novelette
Summary: Heartbroken over the premature death of her young sister, Estelle conceives a dark plan to recover Lunette's innocent soul from the thief she witnessed taking it. The price is higher than she anticipated, reaching far beyond the loss of her own innocence when she enters voluntarily into the realm of the Lord of Shadows, into a theater of madness constructed by the souls of the dead.
“Yes,” Estelle answered.
“And what inspires this delay?”
“Can you show me Lunette?”
The Lord of Shadows hesitated, still smiling. At length, he purred, “Yes. I can. And I shall, when I have seen the fruits of your labor.”
Estelle started to leave Pentigrel, then turned as a thought occurred to her. “Arakade has blue eyes.”
“Crystalline, yes,” Pentigrel said. “Quite lovely.”
“Why have you not simply taken his, or someone else’s?”
A shrug preceded his answer. “Because those eyes have not seen Heaven.”
“It seems that his eyes see only those ledgers,” Estelle commented quietly.
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