Scars: Alak's Story
A Fire and Starlight Novella
This story is recommended reading after the first book and provides additional insight and details that make the story more complete, but it can be skipped if the reader is not comfortable with the content.
Content Warning (Slight Spoilers)
The story begins with a memory of the main character, Alak, being attacked and physically assaulted by his drunk father. During this encounter, Alak defends himself and ends up killing his abuser.
This story deals heavily with the theme of suicide, focussing the events in the last two portions of the story. One character is discovered in her bed after the act and another character attempts suicide shortly after. The first suicide happens off-page, but the second does not. The second attempt is not successful and the character decides that life might be worth living after all.
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This story also deals with general trauma from growing up with an abuser, killing in self-defense, and slight themes of depression and feeling unworthy and unloved.