“I thought you said you would never let another person own you, that you would be a lone knight fighting for honor alone, no rulers, no gods, no masters. What changed?”

“Oh, don’t worry. I don’t belong to xir, xe belongs to me.”

There had to be something xe could do, sitting here doing nothing made xir want to peel xir skin from its flesh; but xir lungs seemed to fill with wet concrete and xir bones transmuted themselves to lead when xe tried to change anything. There was nothing to be done, then. There was everything to be done.