Ch. 73 – Law

In which a fox talks, a baby grows up, a better bone is found, a tree is wise, a fool is honest, a fiend is eluded, a promise is made, a net is cast, and the Queen lays down the law.

*****

Much to Mr. Snarly’s relief, I might add. The boy is not the best at setting boundaries, especially where sex is concerned.

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Ch. 72 – Due

Due – Denethor POV – 4 of 4

In which the idyllic sojourn comes to an end and things too long deferred come due.

*****

Money, respect, and obligations are all owed. Giving people their due, due to arrive, and in due time. Boy, oh boy, but does a certain elusive captain owe a whole bunch of people a great deal, especially his uncle.

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Ch. 71 – Havens

Havens – Denethor POV – 3 of 4

In which Denethor and others look for places for their minds, hearts and bodies to be at peace.

*****

Mr. Snarly continues to be happy, but I think he knows it is not anything he can count on.

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Ch. 67 – Used

Used – Denethor POV – 1 of 1

In which Denethor considers how to make use of surveys, purges, weddings, soldiers, spies, mercenaries, kin, and, most of all, peace.

*****

He’d prefer not to think of all the beings making use of him and Finduilas. He really does not want to think about who may be making use of a certain sister.

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Ch. 65 – Recovery

Recovery – Finduilas POV – 1 of 2

In which Finduilas understands that he wants her back.

*****

There is a lot of recovery going on. Recovering from a season of war, from Thorongil’s departure, and from the threat of civil war. There is also recovering lost ground, usurped territory, and over-extended expectations. Most of all, there is recovering from the damage that this has inflicted on the hearts and psyches of the survivors.

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