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Yuletide Reveals!

For Yuletide this year, I wrote one story for Vorkosigan Saga:

peace and quiet (5836 words) by alessandriana
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Relationships: Gregor Vorbarra & Ivan Vorpatril
Characters: Gregor Vorbarra, Ivan Vorpatril
Additional Tags: Hurt/Comfort

Summary: Light and genteel laughter spilled out of the foyer. A large group of Barrayar's high society had just arrived, clustering in small groups as they waited to be greeted by the Emperor. Ivan hesitated on the edge of the group, mind racing in circles as he scanned the crowd. He resisted the urge to rub at the spreading patches of red on his hands. I don't want anything to do with this.

I wanted to write more (at least get some treats in!), but I got hit pretty hard by election depression and even getting this much done was a struggle. That said, I'm gratified by the reception it's been getting, so all's well that ends well.
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Through the unknown, unremembered gate
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning;
At the source of the longest river
The voice of the hidden waterfall
And the children in the apple-tree
Not known, because not looked for
But heard, half-heard, in the stillness
Between two waves of the sea.
Quick now, here, now, always—
A condition of complete simplicity
(Costing not less than everything)
And all shall be well and
All manner of things shall be well
When the tongues of flame are in-folded
Into the crowned knot of fire
And the fire and the rose are one.

--Little Gidding, T.S. Elliot

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