A/N Edited 01/16/10. This is my first attempt at a drabble-- 100 words, exactly. I didn't realize how difficult it was, limiting thoughts to such a small word count, especially when the characters and subject are as interesting as I find these to be. This may inspire a longer look into these issues, but for now it will be a short series looking into the hidden aspects of darkness within some of the characters of Tortall. Enjoy!

Most people did not see his darkness.

He was aware of it and he hid it deep. It represented his change from the merchants' son he had been and he hated Ozorne so much it hurt, sometimes, for creating this (although, in quiet times, he wondered if it may have been there all along…)

Most of the time, he didn't have to pretend to be the man they thought he was— but he had seen dungeons and had felt the pain (and inflicted it, too, but he never ever talked about that) and the darkness remained….

Slightly behind his eyes.