[P] And all you say are things I don't want to hear
P. Silvano | Chien Hotel
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Padding from the stables, her footfalls crunched over icy snow and the sound was sharp and abrasive in her ears. Spring was upon them, evident by the pools of snowmelt that would freeze over again after the sun set and night fell and by the cacophonous music of songbirds as they sought out partners for another season of trysts and childbearing. Soon, the greys and browns of winter would melt away and verdant color, with pops of crimson and violet and canary, would return to the Court and the neutral lands near and far. The world would warm and the sun would paint everything in golden light once more.


Spring was a time of new beginnings and, as Thyri neared the hotel, the urge to forgive her father and start their relationship anew felt healthy and strong. She was ready, finally.


To say that she had been avoiding her father would not have been far from the truth, though she did not go out of her way to do so. Since their talk, since the hurtful things that she had said and the loving ones that she hadn't, Thyri had been keeping her mind occupied with other things. There was the trip to Amherst, where she informed Myrkr of their mother's death, and then the delivery of some of Shiloh's ashes to the Sacred Grove; there was the poetry reading and the alliance ball with Casa di Cavalieri and, of course, the construction of their new home in Les Champs d'Or.


But the fact remained that, despite all these activities and responsibilities, Thyri could have made time for her father. But she chose not to. In an uncharacteristic turn of events, she chose avoidance over confrontation.


Not any more.


"Dad?" she asked, following his scent into the library of the Hotel. "Can I... Can we talk?"


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It was easier to read than to think, than to try to remember. It was easier to let the books take him away to another world, for it was still possible to remember what he had just read with ease. It was far more a struggle to remember what had happened recently, but he thought it was acceptable enough to be left alone quietly reading in the library. His children certainly were starting to notice what he had realized after Shiloh's death; that the Ancien was slowly losing his memories.


It was easier not to remember. That day, he had set himself upon the old, battered couch that groaned sadly under his weight as he sat with an old friend of a book, a well-thumbed copy of Treasure Island that he had read in his youth. He remembered that, at least.

His daughter's voice rang as she entered the library, and he hummed thoughtfully, eyes not leaving the page. Her voice seemed hesitant. Why? Was there something important she had to say?

"Sure, sweetheart. I'm here," he said pleasantly, sticking the dry leaf into his place in the book. Silvano was smiling as he looked up at her, an expression that very quickly dropped off his face. He surged upward, shocking himself at the aches in his knees as he did so. When had they started to ache so?

"Thyri! What happened to your face?" he exclaimed, reaching forward toward his daughter's scars.


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Stepping into the library, the bottoms of her cracked paws making soft scraping sounds against the floor, Thyri breathed in the musty depths of the room's perfume. Ancient books, their pages brown and moldy, lined the shelves made of long-dead wood. What ragged furniture adorned the dimly lit chamber added a note of dry staleness that fit in perfectly with the other earthy, damp aromas that flourished within.


She scanned the room and found him easily, sitting as comfortably as was possible on a lumpy, battered couch. Her heart heaved painfully in her chest. Sweetheart. When had he ever called her that before?


Tentatively, Thyri started toward him. Her mind raced her pounding heart. There was a pleasantness in her father's voice that sounded almost unsettling to her war-worn ears and a smile on his face that she couldn't remember seeing in recent times. Her brows furrowed over pale jade eyes, then lifted in surprise when her father's expression faded and he leaped up in a genuinely shocked exclamation. Without realizing it, her lower jaw dropped.


"What?" she managed, creasing her brows again. Her heart thumped uncomfortably against her chest. "What do you mean?"


Thyri did not pull away or knock his hand from her face. "Dad." She frowned. "You know what happened." A meaningful pause was offered – a moment for her father to redeem himself. "Mistral." It was the same response that she had given him not so long ago, when Abigail had announced what had happened to Shiloh. She looked at him expectantly, tilting her head just a touch for emphasis.


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