Sad dog in showerAaaaand now we have Patrick spiraling, poor guy.

On the one hand, he had a psychic line directly into Cohen’s desires, so he can make a lot of deeply insightful statements with perfect accuracy! On the other…he’s not capable of separating “Cohen didn’t want to be my Master” with “I was a failure as a Being.” Which is throwing a huge wrench into a major subset of his deductions.

Which brings us to the end of the chapter! And instead of taking a short inter-chapter break, to start regular posting again right at Peak Vacation Time, I’m going to do the whole end-of-year break here.

Check in Mondays & Thursdays for bonuses/omake, then come back in 2023 for Annotated Chapter 15!

Bianca: Well, Patrick, I want you to talk about Cohen now. What can you tell us that’s relevant?

Patrick: I — I don’t know. I know so many things. What are you defining as “relevant “? He does magic. He researches old languages. He loves his daughter, but doesn’t know how to show it.

I loved him. I don’t now. Because you don’t want me to. Right? I tried to be good for him. I thought I was . . .

Bianca: Okay, okay, shh, calm down! This is why I don’t want to make you think about it too much! I’m sure you were very good for him. You’re definitely very good now.


Patrick: Really?

Bianca: Really!

And, Sparrow, you know what you have to do.

Sparrow: . . . Put on some nice, mood-lifting episodes of Inspector Spacetime?

Bianca: No, I mean about what to tell Jany!

Woking, England: apartment of Naresh Balachandran.

Jany: All right, Kara Lynn . . . help me figure out what to say when I write to Ann Walker.