Aurea smiles politely at the large creature. Indeed. I am Aurea Chrysos, at your service.
Her attention is caught between the Rayaat, which is like nothing she's seen before and the flaming hawt man, who she is staring at for a different reason.
“Horror fiction allows us to confront and sublimate our fears of an uncontrollable universe, but the threat verges on the overwhelming and may indeed carry the protagonists away.
Spy fiction in contrast allows us to believe for a while that the little people can, by obtaining secret knowledge, acquire some leverage over the overwhelming threats that permeate their universe.”
– Charles Stross