Sesskia’s Diary, part 156

13 Nevrine, after curfew (hah!) (continued) “I’m more concerned about us being overrun,” said the King. “Shouldn’t we draw the army back to protect the city?” “I’ll send word to General Tarallan for his analysis,” Crossar said. “He knows the tactical situation better than we do.” “I don’t want the army wasting time pacifying an…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 156

Sesskia’s Diary, part 155

13 Nevrine, after curfew (hah!) (continued) I don’t know how long we waited, but it was a lot longer than an hour before some signal imperceptible to me led one of the soldiers to throw open half of the chamber door and say, “My Lords, your Majesty, these messengers beg five minutes of your time.”…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 155

Sesskia’s Diary, part 154

13 Nevrine, after curfew (hah!) (continued) I was impressed. And terrified. Nessan hadn’t struck me as the sort of man who can be bluffed, but Jeddan wasn’t really bluffing. I’m sure he meant it when he said they’d have to haul us away. And Nessan knew it too. He tapped his finger against his lips…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 154

Sesskia’s Diary, part 153

13 Nevrine, after curfew (hah!) I’ve decided to keep these books hidden now we’re among the mages. Not that we’ve met any of them yet; it was very late when they brought us here. So they might all be friendly and intelligent and committed to learning—in short, like the Darssan mages. But I’m not counting…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 153

Sesskia’s Diary, part 152

11 Nevrine I’d completely forgotten that Jeddan took the mage bandit’s pendant and ring. We found someone this morning willing to take the ring in exchange for five days’ worth of food, more than enough to get us to Venetry, which is only two more days away. It was worth a good deal more than…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 152

The Great New Orleans Adventure, Day Seven

By Sunday morning, the French Quarter returns to its usual lazy self, devoid of most of its tourists (except the ones on the cemetery tour), and we felt more relaxed. We ambled across to the Toulouse St. Wharf, where we would board the steamboat “Natchez” for a brunch jazz cruise. It was a hot day,…Continue reading The Great New Orleans Adventure, Day Seven

The Great New Orleans Adventure, Day Six

Today dawned overcast and sticky, enough to make me grateful we didn’t come here a month earlier. Humidity is draining. This, on the other hand, was a perfect day for riding the St. Charles streetcar through the Garden District, looking at the marvelous houses. Of course, most of New Orleans had the same idea, and…Continue reading The Great New Orleans Adventure, Day Six

The Great New Orleans Adventure, Day Five

We got off to a leisurely start, sleeping in until nearly 10. The idea of going out for breakfast yet again made me cringe; I don’t normally eat breakfast because my stomach wakes up sometime around 11. So I had the bright idea of running over to the corner market and getting juice and granola…Continue reading The Great New Orleans Adventure, Day Five

The Great New Orleans Adventure, Day Four

This was a less-busy day for us. We saw a couple of small museum exhibits–very small ones. One was on currency, specifically antebellum, Civil War, and post-war currency of the South. What drew me to this one was their display of counterfeit currency and a digital copy of a booklet handed out to bankers of…Continue reading The Great New Orleans Adventure, Day Four

Sesskia’s Diary, part 151

10 Nevrine We’ve decided I should try to teach Jeddan the mind-moving pouvra. I actually suggested teaching him the other walk-through-walls pouvrin, but he went very stiff and very silent, so I didn’t say anything else. I hope he doesn’t give up on using the pouvra entirely. It was his first, the one that made…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 151