I love the wager with Bergil - I hope it crops up again.
Valacar is quite the safe haven, isn't he? In all sorts of ways.
He certainly is, whether he wants to be, or not. Re: Narrator's receding homophobia, I imagine that she follows a similar trajectory that a lot of people do in RL. That is, because she likes and admires him as in individual, it becomes harder for her to be judgmental, even if at the end of the day she still doesn't understand him. I hope it's realistic, in this context. (Incidentally, I could write these two together to the end of time, I think. They have such an odd little relationship.)
Very astute observations of her, too: about the possible (un)conscious motivations of the East Company man, and that all of us have that darkness potential.
I think that realizing that has also been part of her coming-of-age process. Valacar knows that, too, even if he tries to convince her otherwise.
Somehow, I just knew what you were going to do and we'd not see our young man again. Something about his scene in the interlude, I think.
Yes, I did write that with a bit of an epitaph-ish touch, I think. Also, because it's me, you just know that not everyone is going to make it out alive.
Great reaction from Valacar...
And fun to write (I'm a horrible person).
Lovely wake, and for the first time I think I actually like Elloth!
Haha, she'll be glad to hear that. Aside from Narrator, she's probably the character who changed the most over the course of the story.
Seamless continuation, too. :)
Thanks! Easier than I thought it would be, in the end.