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Isabella Mariel Swan ∀ "Glass" ([personal profile] thaumobabble) wrote2013-06-18 01:11 pm

cotton candy

In some ways, Bella does a lot, very quickly; and in other ways she does almost nothing at all.

She does not have to be secretive - she has no enemies, her world is accustomed to the introduction of strange wonders and will not fall apart with any revelation. She revives a large number of dead people - although none of Marianne's direct ancestors - and sends them home to surprised but happy families. She renders a larger number of people torchable. She sends letters to the monarchs of neighboring realms indicating that she is available to help with any unusual difficulties in which they may find themselves, and that she would appreciate introductions to their farther-flung neighbors. That is the "a lot".

But her world is made of cotton candy, and she has no intention of dumping a bucket of water on it in the hopes of rinsing off small amounts of dust. She is not usurping her mother-in-law, she is not conquering miscellaneous other kingdoms, she is not ridding the world of all its annoying but ultimately not mean pitfalls and hazards. (She does make it a condition of rendering dragons torchable that they must not eat anyone except trespassing Orthodox wizards.) She is mostly staying at home with her wives and her daughters, reading Rose's books, chattering endlessly with Kanim about all the exciting experiments they'll conduct with the new forms of magic available.

When Jane goes down, Bella has to make sheepish announcements that her resurrection powers turned out to be impermanent; she hopes they will return but can offer no timetable.

Meanwhile, news of one specific resurrection (Howard's) has spread far and wide.
pythbox: A book. (Default)

[personal profile] pythbox 2013-06-18 08:35 pm (UTC)(link)
Some months after Jane goes down, Queen Marianne mentions over tea with her daughters and daughter-in-law,

"The Duchess of Toure-on-Marsh has just sent us a letter saying she has twin children just about the princesses' age, and she was wondering if we would like to introduce them."
Edited 2013-06-18 20:56 (UTC)
allthebrightest: Smiling, fidgeting. (+= daddy's little rocket scientist)

[personal profile] allthebrightest 2013-06-18 08:58 pm (UTC)(link)
"Yeah, sure!" says Tony.
pythbox: A book. (Default)

[personal profile] pythbox 2013-06-18 09:34 pm (UTC)(link)
"All right," says Marianne. "I'll write back."
carillons: (♃2b. curious)

[personal profile] carillons 2013-06-18 09:38 pm (UTC)(link)
"Where's that?" wonders Tanalin.
campanas: (thirdborn bellstark 1)

[personal profile] campanas 2013-06-18 09:45 pm (UTC)(link)
"It's little!" coos Kiawen.
carillons: (♃2c. shyly)

[personal profile] carillons 2013-06-18 09:53 pm (UTC)(link)
"Are they teeny tiny people?" giggles Tanalin.
campanas: (thirdborn bellstark 3)

[personal profile] campanas 2013-06-18 09:56 pm (UTC)(link)
"Teeny people!" cries Kiawen. "Elves. Smaller! Double-elves, so high!" She holds a hand at her own knee level.
carillons: (♃2a. smirkful)

[personal profile] carillons 2013-06-18 09:59 pm (UTC)(link)
Tanalin giggles some more.
campanas: (firstborn bellstark 3)

[personal profile] campanas 2013-06-18 10:01 pm (UTC)(link)
"But what do they do when they want to be alone?"
carillons: (♃2d. awaiting)

[personal profile] carillons 2013-06-18 10:07 pm (UTC)(link)
"Who's visiting?"
campanas: (firstborn bellstark 2)

[personal profile] campanas 2013-06-18 11:15 pm (UTC)(link)
"Are they nice? I only like nice people," says Carinna.
campanas: (thirdborn bellstark 1)

[personal profile] campanas 2013-06-18 11:16 pm (UTC)(link)
"I bet they are," says Kiawen optimistically.

Kiawen is so optimistic that she's out in front of the castle, playing with Cricket, when the visitors arrive, instead of waiting for them to knock.
longdistancebells: (① hehehehe.)

[personal profile] longdistancebells 2013-06-18 11:21 pm (UTC)(link)
The visitors are a shortish red-haired man with black-rimmed spectacles and his two shortish red-haired children, one wearing a blue dress and the other a green tunic.

"Hello!" the man says cheerfully. "Are you by any chance a princess?"
campanas: (thirdborn bellstark 1)

[personal profile] campanas 2013-06-18 11:21 pm (UTC)(link)
"I am!" says Kiawen. "Guess which one, there are six!"

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