Zach is only just off morphine when they deport him.
In a fugue and handcuffs, he nods in response to dour questions in Hungarian. He spends sixteen hours in a cell, touching the bandages lightly. He thinks about Sara.
On the plane, the Vulpine Phalanger sits down next to him.
“Oh,” he says.
“Hey,” she says. He’s never seen her in civilian clothes; she seems younger. “I know a little about scars. Want me to take a look?”
She peels back the gauze, and she is kind. She purses her lips.
“Those,” she says, “are going to look badass.”