Father Man's confession I put together
by logic. And I realized that however
well he could now feign sanity, he could never be completely well. Later I dreamed confirmation that Deirdre had
spilled all to him.
I dreamed of Apollo and Courtney much
older, looking muscular, healthy and happy, living on a farm, parents of a
large family and deeply in love with each other. That lies outside this story by about fifteen
years, with no trouble in it necessitating an agent's assistance, and therefore
outside the tales of my adventurers, so I could only imply the possibility
also dreamed of something that All Sorts Sanctuary hints at, involving
the rest of Zanne's mission. But I can't say more just yet.
It makes sense for Cherone to sharpen
the pitons and grappling hooks. He
brought no weapons with him. And so I
I flash-dreamed Kiril's father gambling
with a careworn face. Playing games of
chance didn't fit with what I knew of her story of starvation…unless this
caused it. And I had been wondering
about how stupid a farmer had to be to not feed his help enough for them to do
their jobs, let alone for anyone to die.
Granted, Yaquis did starve to death on the attrition farms, but that was
the whole point of them; flogging some henequen production out of them first
was only a bonus, as far as their genocidal captors were concerned. Yet while Kiril does belong to a rare ethnic
group, it's not a particularly hated one.
Kiril's father having a gambling problem suddenly made everything make