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Last Updated on May 5, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 420

When Cinder awakes, she finds Dr. Erland and Kai kneeling over her. Dr. Erland seems unperturbed as always, but Kai is extremely agitated. He apparently saw Cinder pass out, and he demands to know what Dr. Erland was doing to her. Calmly, the doctor claims he was trying an ancient technique called chiropractics to help with a crick in her neck. Cinder listens dully, noting the orange light in the corner of her visual interface. He is lying.

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When Kai helps her up, Cinder notices with surprise that she is feverish and sweating. This should be impossible; normally her system prevents her from feeling hot, just as it prevents her from blushing. But right now she has a more pressing concern: Dr. Erland knows that she is a cyborg, and he may tell Kai.

For some reason, Dr. Erland does not tell Kai anything—not even that Cinder is immune to letumosis, a fact that would definitely interest him. Instead, the doctor concocts a poor lie about Cinder being called to the palace to fix a faulty med-droid that was necessary for letumosis research. Cinder is relieved to keep her cyborg status a secret from the prince, but she also feels suspicious of the doctor. Why would he hide the truth about a breakthrough in his research?

Kai asks Cinder about his broken android and she is embarrassed to admit that she has not even looked at it. She stammers an excuse about being busy, but she cannot explain enough to make herself sound convincing without revealing her own abnormalities.

Dr. Erland makes a breezy comment...

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