An amusing notion about Vlad & Kiera.

Wed Feb 19 11:16:45 PST 2003

On Wed, 19 Feb 2003, Greg Rapawy wrote:

> [Great big implied spoilers for _Orca_.]
> David Silberstein wrote:
> [quoting Philip Hart:]
> >> Just to further expound on my misinterpretation
> >> there, I was thinking that Kiera had made a move on
> >> Vlad at some point (in Jhereg we see them smooch a
> >> little I think)
> > I note a certain subtle character mismatch between
> > the Kiera of "Jhereg" and the Kiera of "Orca" - in
> > "Orca", Kiera seems to me to be too distant
> > and self-controlled to do something so uninhibited
> > as that earlier smooch.  Although maybe Vlad was
> > being unreliable about that kiss.
> Well, that may be in part because in _Orca_ we are
> hearing about Kiera from Kiera's point of view, and
> also because Kiera's story is framed as a conversation
> with Cawti.  If at any time, past or present, Kiera
> might have regarded Vlad with more than sisterly
> warmth (which I sort of doubt to begin with, though if
> Aliera's comments from Jhereg are at all reliable we
> can't rule out something between Sethra and Dolivar),
> she surely wouldn't tell Cawti about it.

Another splinter of thought on the matter - Sethra probably
has trouble getting dates (Vlad's speculation on Morrolan
notwithstanding).  I imagine it must get lonely.  Here's
Thomas Hardy on the subject of age and desire:

I look into my glass,
  And view my wasting skin,
And say, "Would God it came to pass
  My heart had shrunk as thin!"

For then, I, undistrest
  By hearts grown cold to me,
Could lonely wait my endless rest
  With equanimity.

But Time, to make me grieve,
  Part steals, lets part abide;
And shakes this fragile frame at eve
  With throbbings of noontide.

Maybe part of the purpose of Kiera was to have more
normal contact of various sorts with people (normal
to the extent permitted by her own off-putting legend).

- Philip