i vwas barely more than a vwriggler vwhen it happened. in fact, id just emerged from my cocoon and passed the trials (vwhich on beforus are basically a series of tests and examinations to check howv healthy a young troll is and determine vwhether they need to be culled or not.). i hadnt evwen been named yet. i vwent out to vwhere the lusii vwere lined up to choose a troll vworthy to care for.
i vwaited for hours as countless lusii passed me by. of course only those of my blood caste stopped to acknowvledge me, but after a moment or tvwo of hesitation, they movwed on to the next kid. for vwhatevwer reason, they just didnt vwant me.
nowv in cases like mine vwhere a young troll isnt selected, they are randomly assigned to be culled by a member of a higher caste. but since im a vwioletblood, there vwas only one troll higher than me. i vwas to be cared for by the empress herself, along vwith her descendant meenah (there vwasnt evwen such a thing as fuchsia blooded lusii on beforus). “but cronus, you do havwe a lusus?” yeah, im getting to that part.
i only livwed vwith them in the palace for about a vweek, but let me tell you it sucked major globes. being coddled and babied might sound nice, but not vwhen it makes you feel like less of a person because you get treated differently. evwen though she assured me there vwas nothing vwrong vwith me, thats howv i felt. i dont knowv howv kankris lasted this long vwithout going insane, unless hes just really good at hiding it.
anyvway, one morning i snuck out just after evweryone had snuggled into their recuperacoons to sleep. i vwasnt going anyvwhere in particular, but i just had to get avway for a minute. id heard howv dangerous it could be to go out during the daytime, especially on the surface, but i didnt care.
vwhen i got to the shore, there vwas already someone vwaiting there for me. my memory of vwhat happened next is hazy. but there vwas a flash of light, and vwhatevwer it vwas mustvwe hurt him more than me, because i heard a loud screech. not that i didnt get hurt, in fact i passed out. i remember his eyes. he vwas no troll, for sure.
howvevwer, theres at least one good side to this story…