“You know,” Mara finally said, “after Lucy’s comments the day of her accident—when she apologized to Dixon and me again, I spent some time with her. We talked about . . . Well, about those who’ve ‘loved and lost.’”
Basha’s head jerked her way. “What?”
Not noticing her reaction, Mara continued. “I can’t reveal any details, of course, as I’ve sworn myself to secrecy, but you know, there’s more to Lucy than sometimes meets the eye.”
Basha visibly relaxed. “Lucy? Loved and lost? Huh. Well, she’s been around for centuries. I guess with that much time to fill, anything is possible.”
Velia laughed outright, then took a swallow before passing the flask back to Basha. “You want to know a real strange love-twist?” she then asked.
Basha’s eyes darted her way. “What’s that?”
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