King’s Son

  One Song I carry the twins to the school. Hukal and my family follow. The crowd of children moves aside as we pass, and refuses to look me in the eye. Niyta catches up to me, and leads us to a large empty room, where the whole school eats together. She sits us in the center of the room. The sisters and children take seats throughout the room, but leave a large space around us. “Why are the children afraid of me, Niyta?” “Don’t you know?” “The eyes?” “They wonder what you are, Yagrin.” “They have heard that there are no men with Bizra eyes, yet here you stand before them.” “But that’s only a small part of it.” “What else?” “The dance.” “The children danced like they’ve never danced before.” “What’s wrong with that?” “They followed your every step, and did things they don’t know how to do.”…

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