In which Fer Gun pen’Uldra is given an offer he can’t refuse.
I was right: I did know the protagonist’s name from somewhere. I was also right when I decided it would more entertaining trying to figure out where as the story went along than it would have been to just look up the answer.
In fact, I enjoyed having no idea where the first chapter was going so much that I’ve decided to do this novella a chapter at a time, to make the enjoyment last a bit longer.
It was actually Pilot Chi I recognised first: her name has come up more often in the series, so it didn’t take me long to recall that the only Liaden named Chi we know is Daav’s mother, which unlocked the memory of where I’d heard Fer Gun pen’Uldra’s name before. And this, it would appear, is the story of how they became Daav’s mother and father.
(Until I recognised Chi, I’d been on entirely the wrong track: something about the way the blurb was phrased led me to expect that the risky proposition Fer Gun would be offered was going to come from an agent of the Department of the Interior. Which just goes to show that you should never read the blurb.)
I’m curious about the way Chi describes her project. When her son and his agemates will have needed children with “the seeming of propriety”, they will have had no trouble doing the business with actual propriety, formal wedding negotiations and such (or at least, their troubles will not have been with that aspect of the business). Does Korval change so much in one generation? Or is there something else going on that is yet to be revealed?