"We came bearing gifts; you brought them inside, after throwing away all the boxes. We cried for a week and a day, but our chests were now hollow. Such an ungrateful welcome is too hard to swallow." Callolay, Jean. Collected Nursery Rhymes from the Latefall Stages, page unknown.
"Without a doubt, they'd blinded it completely, but still it braided, still it wound the strings around, around itself again. The spectators watched from behind the cage; 'how many times have we done this to it so far?', one asked, to which the next closest answered, 'don't you see those numbers on its flank?'" Woerfel, Yannik. The Zoos We Lost, 307.
"They had already taken what they'd wanted from it by the time that I had found it. Each eye marked a drainage site...now it was useless, only curious and cold." Red, Sarrah. Bloodlet-bound, 31.
"We waited for the carousel to return, but all the steeds had returned to their halls." Carver, Zentral. "Discards", line 39.
"They cut the different colored one to make sure it wasn't hiding anything. Now the expression on the mask it can't take off makes a mockery of its pain." Sourshift, Winston. Novel Responses to Calamity, 309