M.K looked up from where she was petting her pet morning glory, smiling brightly at Aurie. “Yeah, come on in,” she said, standing up and brushing the pollen off her skirt. “What’s up?”"I’m content in my corner of the city," Aurie shakes her head. "While I am passable with the politics, I never wanted to rule." She wraps an arm around MK’s shoulders. "I’m proud of you, though.”
M.K didn’t say anything, just curled into Aurie’s side and held onto her hand. At least one of them was.
Aurie tucks her chin on top of MK’s head and closes her eyes. “What’s been eating at you, sweetheart? There’s something you haven’t been saying this entire time.”
"I’m just… I feel wrong," M.K said quietly. "Like I’m only half-awake. I can’t leave my bed sometimes, and when I do, I don’t leave the castle. Nod and Tess have their own lives to live, and they’re around when they can be, but the rest of the time is just…" M.K screwed her eyes closed, curling up more. "I’m lonely," she whispered, like she was ashamed.