Go me, they were done, but never uploaded.  Just finished the text though!  For those that missed it, I was sick. 🙁 – Tiff

“Pitrea will be freed and become my ward.” The little girl leaned her head against Mauki, obviously happy and content with where she was.
“Great,” Lexx replied with a sigh, folding his arms over his chest. “I don’t need any more kids to care for.”
“But can’t you free them, Lexx?” Chel turned to him, laying a hand on his arm.
“I can and I will, but they are children,” Lexx grumbled, looking down at Chel. “People will take advantage of them. They are bonded to Dice, and it can not be reversed.”