Well. To start with, its fine. Because you dont know any different. And everyone in hospital is the same as you.
What did you see? The Carver got to his feet.I sank a little further back into my body. Just enough to smile slightly. That is none of your concern. For the mirror … it had shown me. So many things.
I did not know how long had passed. Time—it had been different inside the mirror.But even a few hours might have been too many—I pointed to the door. You have your mirror. Now uphold your end. Battle awaits.
The Bone Carver glanced between me and the mirror. And he smiled. It would be my pleasure.And the way he said it … I was wrung dry, my soul new and trembling, and yet I asked, What do you mean?
The Carver simply straightened his clothes. I have little need for that thing, he said, gesturing to the mirror. But you did.
I wanted to see if you were worth helping, the Carver went on. Its a rare person to face who they truly are and not run from it—not be broken by it. Thats what the Ouroboros shows all who look into it: who they are, every despicable and unholy inch. Some gaze upon it and dont even realize that the horror theyre seeing is them—even as the terror of it drives them mad. Some swagger in and are shattered by the small, sorry creature they find instead. But you … Yes, rare indeed. I could risk leaving here for nothing less.She gets up from the table, walks to the door. Im gripped by fear that he isnt really going to let her go, that his paranoia will kick in and hell be convinced she is going to shop him to the Lorders. It is only when she is gone that I can breathe again. Im not sure where she stands: she might even be the one who betrayed me to the Lorders, a possibility Nico knows nothing of. How could he know what she might do now?
A slow minute counts down before Nico stands, opens my door. Come. We should get out of here.Out through the back door, into his car. Down a side road and another, several quick turns. He watches but no one follows.
Well head to the house. We need to talk, he says.Do you really know where Robert is?