Rating: NC-17 (yes, really)
Spoilers: Not really; I suppose you could say minor ones for Paine's backstory
Notes: Written for 30_fantasies, Theme #10, Ice. A departure for me in many respects, so feedback, including crit, is even more welcome than usual.
"She had expected the desert to be hot, and it is during the day, but the nights are cold, harsh winds sweeping in as soon as the sun goes down, stars glittering overhead like shards of ice."