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Have you ever felt tempted to skip to the last few pages of a book? After all, there is nothing to stop you. The /Book? is in your hands, and there is no-one watching over your shoulder.

Have you ever noticed how reading the ending always makes you feel a bit /Cheated? Cheating, too - you feel like you're cheating by reading ahead; but mostly cheated. After all, what story is there in "..and they lived happily ever after?" The story is not in the ending.

Think about it. When did you last not know - really not know - how the story would end? If endings mattered, no-one would ever watch James Bond. Even the characters often know what the ending is going to be. It never helps - the getting there is just as knotted and tangled whether you know where there is or not.

How does one unpick a knot? One finds the places where the threads end.




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"What will you /Name him?" - /Victor asked.

"He'll keep the /GreyStripe? name, of course. As for the other - I was going to ask you about that, actually. Your permission, that is."

Victor looked confused, then blushed.

"We were going to call him /SolsticeBorn?, you see - it's kind of traditional; but now, we think we'd like to name him Victor."




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Anna smiled. Never again would anyone have to suffer this way. Never again would anyone have to go through that. Never again would anyone be haunted by the /Checkpoint?.

She picked up her dice and stepped towards the light.

"After all", she thought with a private smile - "it's not like the rest of my life is going to be too bad.."


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