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My head hurt when I woke up.

It wasn't the throbbing, amplifying pain of a hangover. It didn't bring pain with every sound and make light unbearable. It wasn't the piercing, immobilizing pain of a migraine--like I used to get when I was a kid. It was just a regular sort of headache.

Still hurt like a bitch, though.

I groaned and tried to move. Everything ached, so I stopped immediately. My eyes were closed, but I knew I was lying on something flat and firm that filed itself instantly away in my head as a bed, but not my bed. That wasn't worrying; I haven't had my own bed in months. I'd been living motel-to-motel, bus-depot-bench-to-motel-again for long enough that waking up someplace weird wasn't an issue anymore. I opened my eyes, expecting to see the dull interior of one more rented room.

I instead saw plain white walls and ceiling. A light blue linoleum floor with a white checker pattern. Two green,…

Jury sequestration is the practice of isolating ("sequestering") a jury in order to prevent members of the jury from being accidentally or deliberately influenced by media coverage, rumors, and public opinion surrounding a trial or court case. Jury sequestration is exceedingly rare, but in cases where a media circus arises and harsh, misleading, or highly speculative media coverage is rampant, the judge may order that the jury be sequestered to maintain impartiality. In these cases, the jury is…

"Jarls rise and jarls fall," she whispered, her dark eyes on the last orange streaks of light flickering across the horizon. "The Boneless Mercies remain. We have roamed Vorseland since the age of the Witch War Chronicles. Perhaps longer. We are ignored and forgotten... until we are needed. It has always been this way." She paused. "It is not a grand profession, but it is a noble one."

I didn't answer, but she read my thoughts. 

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