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  1. Thank you, I enjoyed this! I like the idea of this song as a journey through the Etruscan underworld. I know Greek and Roman mythology fairly well, but I'm much less familiar with the Etruscan versions, and I enjoyed having an excuse to look up Vanth and Charun. I liked Thana's courage and determination to rescue her beloved.

    I really like your descriptions here, in phrases like: "Vanth was beautiful in the way the sea was beautiful," "Both of them, woman and path, fell back into the dark" or "Slowly, Velia began to appear out of the darkness, like a fresco being patiently painted" or the coin glinting in the last rays of sunlight. The coin suspended on its side, that won't flip to heads or tails, makes me think that Thana is suspended between life and death during her journey, in a place where the normal rules don't apply. I also like how Vanth's snakes unwind to look at the coin for themselves -- it's a wonderfully eerie moment.

    Thank you again!

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    1. I'm so happy you liked this! You quoted/named some of my favourite parts and you're right about the symbolism of the coin. I enjoyed writing this a lot.

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