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19. Happy Birthday To YouImagine, if you will, a room. It is nowhere in particular, but it is, nevertheless. Vague description makes the exact size of the room hard to determine, although it is obviously rather large, and the furthest corners are blurred slightly, sometimes flickering out of existence, as though unsure of their place in the world.The walls are stone, solid and grey, and adorned with all manner of festive decking. Purple tinsel arcs from torch bracket to torch bracket, and the thin black candles in the brackets cry blood-red wax.There is a table in the room, long and thin and carven in stone. Around this table are arrayed countless beings of all shapes and sizes, and the room is filled with their chatter.The teenage girl at the head of the table stands and taps her spoon against her glass, the ring of crystal cutting through the babble. Instantly, all talk ceases, and forty-odd pairs of eyes turn to her."My dear friends," the girl begins, and there is a roar of applause from around the midd
JealousyThe girl ran her pen down the list before her."So, Sariel's got the decorations, Samael's doing the music..."Jezebel leaned on the desk and peered over the girl's shoulder."Where are we having this thing again?" she asked."Oh, I was going to write a room in. That way I can write it out again and we won't have to clear up!" the girl grinned.The naga shrugged."Sounds reasonable," she conceded."O' course I haven't got that far yet, but I will do," the girl continued. "Right, someone needs to do invites-"There was a sudden loud commotion outside the office, and a female voice cried "Hang on, she's busy-" seconds before the door burst open with a tremendous crash and a young man with wild black hair stomped in. A long black cloak billowed around him like a shadow, and his clothes could probably be summed up by the phrase "Dracula complex". The man strode straight past the other people in the office and slammed both hands palm-down on the girl's desk."What's all this I hear about a