Friday 56 – Endless Water, Starless Sky

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The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple – turn to page 56 in your current read (or 56% in your e-reader) and post a few non-spoilery sentences.

Today’s quote is from Endless Water, Starless Sky, the sequel to Bright Smoke, Cold Fire, a Romeo and Juliet retelling by one of my favorite masters of the trope, Rosamund Hodge!

He knelt down again beside her. His people were not like hers; they did not believe that elaborate ceremonies and spells could guarantee them a happy afterlife. They did not believe that anything awaited them after death at all. This girl, whose dead, blank eyes still stared at him, was already less than dust.

But the Mahyanai did honor their dead: all night, before the bodies were burned, they sat vigil.

He couldn’t honor this girl like a Catresou should, but he could do this much for her, anyway.

So Romeo knelt beside the dead girl and waited.

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