LIAB Epilogue 11:2/Text

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"Why are you here?" she asked him, to keep him engaged. He liked her legs, so she curled them up under her in his full view. The shackles made them too hard to cross.

"They tell me I was popped to save lives," said Pierce. "But I think my true purpose is to discover the Fountain of Gin."

She smiled, as if she'd actually found the joke funny. "I mean in the tent."

"Your ex-boss suggested keeping a caster in your guard," he said.

"But you're the Chief Healomancer," said Lilith, trying to let a little admiring purr creep into her tone. "You could have ordered the Hat Magician or the Dittomancer to watch me. You're in charge. So why'd you come here yourself, hm?"

Pierce smiled warmly. "Charlie gave us a long list of tricks you might try to get out of here," he said. "Do you want to guess what was at the top of the list?"

Lilith sighed. "Seduction?"

Pierce lifted his glass to his lips, wagging his eyebrows as he took a sip. "Ahh. So I volunteered."