Once upon a lifetime
The spirits of the dark
Came to kill the beauty
Of our world…

Jessica sits at her table outside the bar, the sun blazing in a clear blue sky. Her toes slip out of her sandles, and feel themselves in the rises and hollows of the cobble stones beneath. The waitress, blond of hair, white shirt and red apron, weaves her way through the tables, the pints of Saku balanced on her tray. She exchanges Estonian with English with ease. All around the narrow Tallinn street buzzes. Jessica looks out at the world through her sunglances. She feels the heat on her skin.

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Charles laughs. Kim laughs next to him. From the seating opposite, Steven looks on, quiet and cautious. He listens to everything, and offers nothing. He watches his new compatriotes carefully.

…the story continues…