"Oh, Aelia. Again?"
Aelia looked up from the kaleidoscope of spilled kolor and broken glass on the floor of her lab, trying not to scowl. Acylius, standing in the doorway, was not the reason for her anger.
"Yes," she said, bracing her fists on her knees and pushing herself upright. "Again." She walked into Acylius's open arms and rested her head on his shoulder.
"He's my brother, and I love him, but sometimes he frustrates me to the point of just
"I don't have a sibling, so I can't really claim to understand." She felt Acylius crane his neck to look at the carnage on the floor. "But I do know what it's like to lose so much work.
What did he do this time?"
"Oh, I've no idea," she grumbled. "I came in and he was trying to clean it up."
"At least he was trying to make amends," said Acylius. "I can assure you that the guards that fill in my tunnels do no such thing."
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