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    The Antarctic expedition, battered after a difficult season in the ice, arrives at the Falkland Islands in April 1842. There they find that various essentials are in short supply. Such as fresh vegetables, and news from home. And beds.

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    18 Oct 2020

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    Captain Francis Crozier is a week early to the wedding.

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    15 Oct 2020

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    As the expedition settles into a long winter trapped in the pack ice, Francis misses James more than ever.

    (Half a world away, James is missing Francis too.)

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    18 Sep 2020

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    “You look well in the firelight,” said Ross, his voice pleasant and hoarse from sleepiness. Crozier saw his shadow first, then Ross himself as he came around the sofa and sat beside him. His dressing gown hung loose about him. He was thin these days, thinner than Crozier liked to see him, but he still smiled.

    “Your eyes are beginning to go,” said Crozier. He tossed the end of his fur blanket across Ross’ knees, the better to share the warmth. “Ann will have you in spectacles if she hears you talking like that.”

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    17 Sep 2020

  5. Public Bookmark 2

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    “It is difficult to know what to say," Francis admitted after a minute or three of watching Ann wind the wool, his hands relaxing slowly into his lap, "when you are told you will cause an absence in someone’s life.”

    “You nod, and accept the warm sentiment of another,” Ann said matter-of-factly, casting a look at the wool hanging slack between Francis' fingers. "And you hold the wool taut!" she teased, "how else shall I have these gloves made in time.”

     James shifted at the sound of their merriment, Ann watching his eyes slip open to take in the scene before him. He smiled, warmth flickering over his expression as surely as the shadows from the fire; his gaze, still full of sleep, holding a softness in its depths that made Ann smile. 

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