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Not the Ponciest

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The return from Skaia was less perilous than the outward journey, and Nancy could tell that Christopher was disappointed not to be able to test himself further.

She stroked his hand as they stood together at the bow.

"Darling, we're young. We have years to grow into the people we wish to be. The captain has had that chance – it’s a matter of experience. And now that we've confirmed Duke Phillip's account, we can return to Skaia whenever we like."

Christopher shook his head, squeezing her hand. "No my dearest – I can't return until I can prove myself truly poncey."