In which Kishara jit’Luso takes advantage of ambient conditions.
This is an oddity: a story retelling another existing story from another viewpoint. We’ve had stories that crossed paths before (“Quiet Knives” comes to mind), but usually that’s a case of two people on different paths that happen to intersect for a sentence or two. This is a special case, for reasons that are explained in the author’s note.
This time around, we’re getting the story from the viewpoint of someone who knows the pirate’s name: it’s Mor Gan, which is a good name for a pirate. If he’d succeeded in hijacking the Merry Mushroom, he could have called himself Captain Mor Gan.
It’s not clear what the bus driver and his passengers will think, waking to find all their valuables missing and no memory of how they went. Their valuables and Kishara, I should say; since they weren’t instructed to forget her, they’ll notice her missing too. The guard will probably assume that she skipped to avoid being tested and sent back to the ships, and it will possibly also be assumed, in the absence of any other known suspects, that she was the one who took the valuables. If so, hopefully that will be cleared up in the end when Mor Gan is delivered to the authorities.
I’m pleased we get clarification about the reason why some of the refugees were rejected; in the absence of information, I was inclined to suspect some arbitrary ruling that boded poorly for the people who were permitted to stay.
I also ended up feeling a bit more well-disposed toward Can Ith’s delm after the account of how much Korval stuck their necks out for the vas’dramliz, thus leading to their current politically precarious position and the demand the delm made of Can Ith in “Preferred Seating”. (I wonder who’s going to get stuck doing it, now that Can Ith has opted to go elsewhere? Maybe Sin Jin, since it’s his fault Can Ith got a chance to duck out.)