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A bedtime story for your entertainment:
Once upon a time, a girl named Gail wished to live forever. (She wasn't alone in this.) A man—a wizard, let's call him—told her he could grant her wish. She would be eternal. All it would cost was something weightless, worthless. (Priceless.) In return for life everlasting, he wanted her soul.
She said yes. What use was an afterlife for someone for whom there would be no after?
You won't regret it, he promised.
- Part 10 of Author's Favorites
Excellent language and world-building blow this fic up into a beautiful, touching, restrained piece of art. To spill to you about the plot would be a sin; just let the words guide you.