A/N: This story takes place post Book 8, so there are spoilers. This story plans on going to a few dark places, so be forewarned. It is rated M for a reason. If that offends your sensibilities, stop reading now. I'd like to thank my dear KCP for stepping in as a beta when Malanna took ill. Thank you so much! Thanks to all the ladies (and gentlemen) over at the LTAE thread. You guys rock! What would I do without the Viking Bubble of Bliss?

As usual, I do not own any of the SVM characters. They belong to Charlaine Harris. I just like to play in her sandbox from time to time.

Prologue

The irony of being there, in that place, was not lost on me. It was not intentional. Well, I meant to come there, but not for that reason. Freud would say I subconsciously chose it. I say fuck Freud. Sometimes a cigar really is just a cigar. I stood looking at the plaque and shook my head. Even here, at the furthest reaches of just about anywhere, I couldn't escape him. I laughed. It was a dry, humorless laugh. The real ones had not yet returned to me. I didn't know if they ever would. I did know, however, that this seemed to be yet another sign, another acknowledgment that I was inexorably tied to him. It made my decision that much more certain in my mind. It was meant to be after all. It was inevitable. It had to be done. Now I just needed to convince him.

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