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“I saw it!” The boy breathed heavy from his time underwater and the ferocity of the vision he’d witnessed. “Just as Father said, I saw myself — as a man — sitting on the throne.”

“So that’s why the lake is walled-off from the people.” The girl retreated from the water’s edge.

The boy peered into the lake. “Father said the power of the lake is our right as kings.” He gazed deep into his reflection, smoothing…