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Chapter 21


A dryad has her tree.  When she dies, so does her tree.  And so people here in Nohin have their houses.

What is not passed to a child for his or her own use, passes away.  A house is like an outer body and the body in this world passes from parents to children.  From old branches spring new limbs.   Where limbs don't continue, the branch stops, frozen, suspended until it dies.

I have had the privilege of living in someone else's house  Our time together has been a pleasure.  But, I am not a citizen of this world, nor a branch of this tree.  Although I have enjoyed this brief meeting, this house is not a part of my body.  I cannot save it from destruction.