02 March, 1997: Echo's nerves are now stretched almost to the breaking point. Her dear friend James, fearful and angry about her developing relationship with Blood Demon, used his mental powers to conceal her good memories of Blood and enhance the bad ones; Blood, in retaliation, warped her feelings for James into hatred. Echo is consciously unaware of none of this... but the twisting of her true feelings is like a knot aching to be untied...


And then Arron CuVoir came whispering into her thoughts, telling her she was next on his list, that he would punish her for helping to heal Nb after his escape: that he and his servants would haunt her day and night, waking and sleeping, tainting her dreams, watching her always... that her young son Tommy would be tormented and then killed horribly as part of her punishment... "Do not sleep," Arron hissed, "when you sleep, you can't watch him, you may wake and find him gone..."


Her damaged heart is weakening further under the strain, and she knows she is in danger now of not surviving the required year and a day before it is safe for her patient for Echo herself to be healed. But desperation can produce inspiration... Echo has an idea... a way to allow herself to be healed without causing the death of anyone else...

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