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  • Sherry Thompson

    Harone Na Hythe, from "Seabird". This would be from early in the 2nd half of the story, specifically Chapter 3. Earlier that night their sm group was attacked. Someone was severely wounded, and they barely escaped from their attackers. They're hiding in a ruined summer barn--wondering how long until their foes find them. Click to enlarge!

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