Dust of Dreams
Dramatis Personae Prologue
The Sea Does Not Dream of You
Chapter 1 Chapter 2
Chapter 3 Chapter 4
Chapter 5 Chapter 6
Eaters of Diamonds and Gems
Chapter 7 Chapter 8
Chapter 9 Chapter 10
Chapter 11 Chapter 12
Only the Dust Will Dance
Chapter 13 Chapter 14
Chapter 15 Chapter 16
Chapter 17 Chapter 18
The Path Forever Walked
Chapter 19 Chapter 20
Chapter 21 Chapter 22
Chapter 23 Chapter 24

This is ancient patience
belly down on the muds
lining the liana shore.
Everyone must cross
rivers in high flood.
Bright blossoms float
past on the way down
to the snake mangroves
harbouring the warm sea.
But nothing slides smooth
into the swirling waters
hunting their bold beauty.
We mill uneasy on the verge
awaiting necessity's
paroxysms—the sudden rush
to cross into the future.
Rivers in high flood
dream of red passages
and the lizards will feed
as they have always done.
We bank on numbers,
the chaotic tumult,
the frenzied path on the backs
of loved ones, fathers and
mothers, the quill-lickers
inscribing lists of lives:
this solid stand, that
slippage of desire.
Ancient patience swells
the tongue, all the names
written in tooth-row jaws—
we surge, we clamber eyes
rolling and the distant shore
calls to us, that ribbed future
holds us a place in waiting.
But the river scrolls down
high in its hungry season
and the lizards wallow fat
in the late afternoon sun.
See me now in the fleck
of their lazy regard—and
now I wait with them,
for the coming rains

The Season of High Flood
Gamas Enictedon

The children of the Snake have entered the Crystal City and found water and food. Badelle hunts Breyderal; when she finds her she uses her new power of Command to expel her from the city. Meanwhile Saddic has been exploring crystal caverns under the city, the walls of which somehow retain visual records of the original inhabitants: they were Jaghut and the city was called Icarias. They were killed by K'Chain Che'Malle.

The Bonehunter's camp wakes to discover Gesler and Stormy missing; they have been extracted from their tent, the only clues being slashes in the canvas and a smell of Che'Malle. Quick Ben guesses that a Shi'gal assassin is responsible.
Gesler and Stormy wake, alone apart from Kalyth. She explains that she is Destriant to the K'Chain Che'Malle, and they are to be their Mortal Sword and Shield Anvil.

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