"Akiva felt like he was choking on his own heart. He flew above the ruins, scanning for a flash of blue in the vastness of gray and black that was his sown monstrous victory, but there was nothing.
Karou wasn't there.
He searched all day ans the next, Loramendi and beyond, wondering furiously where she could have gone and trying not to let the question shift to what might have happened to her. But the possibilities grew darker as the hours passed, and his fears warped in nightmare ways that drew inspiration from every terrible thing he had ever seen and done. Images assaulted him. Again and again he pressed his palms to his eyes to blot them out. Not Karou. She had to be alive. Akiva simple couldn't face the thought of finding her any other way.
Which may be why he was so unprepared when... he did."
Imagine the entire novel...
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