Six months after foiling a terrorist attack on the Newtown tower, Juno Steel is assigned to the taskforce protecting Hyperion City from the handful of Soulless rebels that plague the civilized cities of Mars. He has a new job, a new purpose in life, and— starting today— a new eye. But though there's a lot about the last year or two he doesn't remember, he can't shake the feeling that something about the Spectrum seems a little different this time around.
Was the voice in his head always this... alive?
There was nothing about it to indicate any value— it was only quartz and cord. But it seemed to Zhao Yunlan’s eyes that the necklace leapt off of the counter in subtly more than three dimensions, its red string redder than the color itself, its clear stone larger at the center than at the surface. The chain of worked gold and rubies underneath it looked as insubstantial in comparison as shadows behind the thing that cast them.
He blinked hard.
“I see,” said the Magpie softly, “you’re quite interested in that.”
Zhao Yunlan gives Shen Wei a gift, hoping to get closer to him. It... works.