In Vertu’s taxicab
Enter Yulie, Mary, Anna, Rascal
In which everyone is going to the same place.
Apparently the hill at the end of the Port Road is now named Undertree Hill — or perhaps that’s just what the Bedel call it and Yulie has picked it up from them.
Confirmation of a couple of things suggested before: confirmation that Tommy Lee is associated with Jemie’s taxi service, which means he probably is the same Tommy who was just mentioned, and confirmation that the story is set not long after the conclusion of Accepting the Lance.
Title drop! The gate that locks the Tree in, and the question of whether that’s something the Tree minds…
I had noted the airjets that keep snow off the windshield as an interesting science fictional variation, but now that I come to type it, it occurs to me that perhaps that’s just a normal thing that I’ve never heard of because I live somewhere that it never snows.
Vertu has a touch of some dramliz talent, although not enough to qualify as a Healer. (Or is it just that her delm never considered it worth having her checked out? But the precedents suggest that if she’d been strong enough it would have become apparent regardless.) Enough to give her a bit of an edge in difficult driving conditions — and perhaps related to her awareness of the Tree?
It’s a nice character touch that Vertu pauses the taxi meter when they stop to help untangle the traffic jam.