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“There’s no sign he came through Techen’s Stand,” Edwin assured the small crowd of people in the Hummingbird’s Spring, which was what the townspeople had renamed their only inn after Drew had been arrested.

“How do we know we can trust that?” asked a scared looking young man with long arms, which were crossed in front of him.

“Lee says everyone’s memories are unaltered, which means Drew wasn’t here.” Edwin gestured at the mage from the academy, who’d come with him to check everyone out.

“How do we know we can trust her?” asked Rosalyn. She looked scared too. They all did. Edwin couldn’t blame them. The guy who’d terrorized their town was missing.

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“You can all stay here if you want,” Edwin said to Robby and Millicent’s parents. “As long as you want.”

“Thanks, son,” said Merle, smiling tiredly. “We’ll take you up on that for a night or two, but we don’t want to impose.”

Edwin gestured around Stag Keep’s main hall to indicate how big it was. “You couldn’t possibly impose on me, sir. And I want you to tell anyone else in Techen’s Stand they can come stay here if they need to get away from the town for a bit.”

“Thank you,” said Rosalyn, arm around Millicent. “That’s very kind of you, Edwin.”

“I only wish I could have been there to help,” Edwin said, looking at Robby, who had also declined to sit at the head of the table and was sitting beside Edwin. He looked tired too, but he was smiling.

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Millicent’s hand was warm in Edwin’s, which was a comfort. “I wish I knew what to do, Edwin.”

Edwin wished he knew what to do too. “I know. But you’ll—we’ll figure it out.”

Millicent nodded. “I know. I’m glad you’re here. You didn’t have to be.”

Something caught in Edwin’s throat at that. He squeezed her hand. He hadn’t had to have sex with her either. “I did if I didn’t want to be a crappy person,” he told her. “I’ll be here. I’ll be here whatever you decide. Promise.”