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  1. Rec 39

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    The water lurches. Up the wall, over his sleeve and Hubert has only enough time to push himself upright before that orange mass is back again, bigger, faster, sweeping towards the surface.

    A sheet of water crashes over him as he stumbles back. A shock of cold in his face, pouring into his collar and soaking his shirt through when he lands on his back. He sputters, struggles to breathe between the fall and faint tang of blood and water in his mouth. He paws water from his face, blinks it out of his eyes just in time to see a massive, golden fin slip back over the wall.

    That damned merman had decided to sleep in this fountain tonight.

    Hubert really shouldn't care about dropping his razor into the canal. It's not worth much, and he already has a replacement. But Enbarr's only merman, Ferdinand, is hoarding it in his collection of coins, right there in front of the opera house, and more than anything Hubert can't bear to let a fish hold a single thing over him.

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    08 Sep 2020

  2. Public Bookmark 13

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    Selected diaries by Hubert von Vestra, c. Garland to Horsebow Moon 1188.

    Set after the war, Hubert writes about his struggles to communicate with Ferdinand during difficult moments of their relationship. He reflects on how Ferdinand keeps surprising him and how complicated it is to love.

    They both learn a few things about each other along the way, and what it takes to make love work.

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    13 Aug 2020

  3. Public Bookmark *

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    Ferdinand dies defending the Great Bridge of Myrddin.

    And then he wakes up.

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    07 Jun 2020

  4. Public Bookmark 25

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    There are only two residents in the Garreg Mach infirmary, and both of them are model patients.

    One has a room without windows. He is very quiet, speaking only when spoken to, and hardly even then. He admits no visitors, though there are none to admit.

    One has a room overlooking the gardens, and every morning the nurse cracks open the window so sweet spring can slip inside. He spends most days with his face turned to the sun, as if it calls to him, as if he calls it home to feast on his kindling. The visitors flow through as a babbling brook, and no one ever thinks him silent, though his words all brittle and bold shatter at a touch.

    You are healing well, says the nurse, and the residents laugh in their separate rooms: there is no healing from this.


    Hubert draws down the sun, but he is not the one who burns. [Autotomy prelude, Hubert pov, The Incident & its Aftermath]
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    03 Apr 2020

  5. Public Bookmark 34

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    Following the defeat of Those Who Slither in the Dark, Hubert needs time to recover.

    He struggles to adjust.

    Related to Beyond and Behind but may be read as stand-alone.

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    20 Mar 2020