New Story: The Autocrat #books #flashfic
By Lori Schafer
He hacked. It was coming in gushes now, the blood in his sputum, the cureless calamity of his body and soul.
“Name a successor,” his adviser had urged, on reviewing the doctor’s report. Secretly hoping, perhaps, that it would be he.
It wouldn’t be. The Minister had no son; no child to carry on when he was gone. No reason to carry on at all.
The years of service had exhausted him.…
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