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Who is this sassy lost child
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"Heh." It was a sarcastic exhale of a laugh. "Tell you what happened. Haven't you been paying attention?" No, no, he knew what this was about. Yet another person poised to pass judgment on him, when they hadn't seen what he had to see, done what he had to do. But it was still Nadia, still the last friend he had anywhere, so Jae wouldn't blow her off completely.

"Alvaro happened, and then Samuel happened, and then Alessio, and Michael, and Isabel and that little bitch helping her out, and Brendan, and Caedyn, and Jasmine." Jae bit off the end of his sentence sharply, not entirely on purpose; his teeth were starting to chatter. "Asha and Henry are dead. That happened."

Jae's eyes drilled into Nadia, searching her for any hint of a reaction. Asha and Henry had been her friends too. They deserved more than some veneer of cold composure.
"Art enriches the community, Steve, no less than a pulsing fire hose, or a fireman beating down a blazing door. So what if we're drawing a nude man? So what if all we ever draw is a nude man, or the same nude man over and over in all sorts of provocative positions? Context, not content! Process, not subject! Don't be so gauche, Steve, it's beneath you."

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