Aug. 18th, 2013 10:00 am
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Etty calls Nona home after a day and a half more of talking to Carl. He has a lot to take in - a lot; Etty can see why explaining everything to one's parents is not the norm among Bells - and then she retrieved her mother Renate from even longer ago, and caught her up on even more things, most of which she took better than Carl.


Aug. 2nd, 2013 12:56 pm
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Etty catalogues and indexes the library of magic.

Since she has not had luck finding Astgabels or anyone who can direct her to it by flying in slightly different directions each day and asking random people, she stops trying, and instead tries to come up with ways to rejigger the available divination spells into producing a compass direction for her to follow. Or maybe she can come up with some variant on the food-generation spell that would be practical for a long trip, and bring Nona with her, and then they could be gone for days looking farther afield than she can get in half a day's flight.

Eventually she finds a spell that is not exactly right, but might be close enough, and she shows it to Nona.


May. 29th, 2013 05:38 pm
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The castle is livable indefinitely. Etty flies over the space around it, but she's not as fast as the Baron was in his owl form, and she can't fly for very long if she's hungry and can pack nothing if she travels as a swan; she doesn't range farther than she can travel in a half-day, and she doesn't find Astgabels or anyone who knows where it is. (Not many people are willing to talk to a girl in a feather dress from out of nowhere, but a few are.) She flies home to Nona after each failed journey. They feast on what appears on the dining table. They snuggle. They pick through the library. Etty writes her thoughts. They sleep, curled up together in Nona's bed.

One morning they wake up together and are lying there in comfortable silence when Etty scoots up and kisses Nona.


May. 1st, 2013 01:23 pm
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Etty doesn't get used to it - not exactly. Not in any sense that would leave her comfortable. She learns the routines, learns to reliably keep her dinner down, learns how limp she can go and how helpful she has to be to get it over with as fast as possible while remaining dissociated as she can manage from the experience.

She waits in the room, after, for a while, and - Nona doesn't come.

They might only get one chance. And Nona wants out too, and Etty shouldn't fault her for waiting, but she writes those thoughts on her scroll in terrible handwriting and cries and wishes that things would go faster.

She doesn't want to be one of the swans.

She's tried talking to them some more - tried imitating them, and when she does that they'll act like she's one of the flock and stop being afraid of her, but she can't get any glimmer of human memory out of them whatever prompts she tries.

She does not want to be one of the swans.

And the next girl won't even have the hope of Nona, the comfort of maybe soon.

She holds Nona, when Nona meets her in the orchard, and she thinks maybe soon, and one night she says:

"Do you - have any idea when you'll be able to say it?"


Apr. 30th, 2013 11:18 am
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Etty is awoken not by her transformation, but by her summons, a few minutes after dark. In her sleep, she drifted to shore; she's lying in human form - arm intact - half in and half out of the water when she feels it.

It's very insistent.

She cannot bring herself to move. She tries - she does; intellectually she knows it's the smart thing to do - but - she can't. Cannot get up and go to him.


Apr. 26th, 2013 08:00 pm
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It's past dark, but when you need the outhouse, you need the outhouse.

Isabel picks her way across the yard of her father's house in the moonlight, hoping to sneak back into bed without waking him.


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Odette ఒ "Etty"

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