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Because of a flight delay and the airport shuttle *never* arriving (I had to take a cab home, and oh boy I'd better get reimbursed for it), I'm a tiny bit late getting this up. Also, I jumped ahead in time more than a bit. There are at least five scenes between this one and yesterday's.


Turnspit woke early in the morning and went to the larder. The room was at the one of the end the building, a snug space to have cold food and warm tea as the sun came up and after the sun went down. It had no real ovens, just the hot kettle, but it was stocked with cheese and dried fruit and loose tea, and there was a loaf of bread and a cruet of oil on the long table.

The water pump worked after a minute of hard priming, and he was able to fill the kettle. It would heat after the lid was closed, if there was enough water in it, so he left it to itself while he tried to find the teapot.

Sealchild stumbled in just as Turnspit was throwing tea leaves into the warmed pot. The big man was rubbing sleep away from his face, and didn't see Turnspit at first. When he did Sealchild froze, his hands comically disordering his grey-and-brown cowlicked hair.

Turnspit returned his gaze coolly.

Sealchild dropped his eyes and came into the larder. He sat at table and poured himself a glass of water.

"Lord Stormbringer sent for me yesterday. I went into her hall, and saw her gardens. She's very proud of them, and of her baby. The one who has 'lovely ox-eyes'."

Sealchild winced. "Ah…"

"Did you know she has several children, but only one is an aughisky? He was fathered by a Selkie trader. Since then, she's been collecting Selkie part-bloods – they're rare, Selkies don't travel much since the Before-time – she hasn't had a male half-blood until recently. A raider's gift, a few years ago, the Lord Stormbringer said, tall and broad and with the softest ox eyes."

Sealchild buried his face in his hands, and groaned.

"I'm just a tad concerned, you know. Because while I don't remember Ragonda at all well, I do know that you are married."


"And adultery is a sin. One as bad as fornicating with another man." Turnspit poured himself a cup of tea, and blew on it to cool it. "Do we understand each other, Sealchild?"

The big man nodded. "Yes, Captain…"

"It's 'Honorable Dog', now."
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