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  • 1. I
really
hope
that
you’ve
come
here
from
the
beginning
of
10.2.

Let’s
jump
right
in
to
the
finale!

  • 2. Chris
found
Mal
pacing
downstairs,
shaking
his
head
and
muEering
to
himself.

 “What’s
wrong?”
she
asked.
 He
stopped.

“Am
I
doing
the
right
thing?”

Mal
crossed
his
arms
and
looked
down.

  • 3. “About
what?”
she
asked,
realizing
the
answer
to
her
quesNon
not
long
aOer
it
popped
out
of
her
mouth.

“Talk
to
me,
Mal.”

  • 4. “If
I
do
this—if
I
push
Will
into
this
marriage—then
he’s
not
going
to
be
happy,”
Mal
said.

“He
deserves
to
have
someone
by
his
 side
who
he
loves
the
way
I
love
you.

Even
though
I
barely
knew
you
before
Mom
arranged
our
marriage…I
barely
knew
you,
but
I
 had
a
chance
to
get
to
know
you.

Will’s
not
going
to
have
that
chance—he’s
already
goEen
to
know
Jan
as
someone
else.

 Someone
who
someone
else
has
loved.

Who
loves
someone
else.


 “I
don’t
know
if
she’s
going
to
want
it.

I
don’t
know
if
he’ll
want
it.

Or
if
I
would.

I
guess
now
that
Julian’s
geWng
married,
he’s
 going
to
deal
with
it
beEer,
but
I
sNll
wouldn’t
want
to
be
him
right
now…”


  • 5. “But
then
I
think
about
the
way
the
world
is.

I
know
Julian
would
have
wanted
to
move
out,
but
he
said
he
could
never
find
a
 place
to
live.

Brandon’s
always
said
he
wants
to
stay
here,
but
I
feel
like
he
would
have
wanted
his
own
life,
too.

What
else
is
 there
that
we
don’t
even
know
can
change
for
the
beEer?

Maybe
there
are
more
things
like
those
thinking
caps
out
there.

I
don’t
 know,
but
Jan
does.

And
I
think
I’d
regret
it
if
I
leO
this
house
in
Will’s
hands
without
doing
every
last
thing
I
can.”

  • 6. “We
can’t
have
it
both
ways,”
Chris
said.

“It’s
the
science,
or
it’s
Will
being
happy.”

She
tapped
her
fingers
on
her
chin.

“And
I
 would
prefer
to
see
Will
inherit
Winterfell.

He
wants
to,
and
I
think
he
wants
it
for
the
right
reasons.”

  • 7. Mal
nodded.

“But
what
if
he
doesn’t
want
it?”
he
asked.

“I
know
Will
wants
to
be
the
heir,
but
like
I
said,
he
might
not
want
it
like
 this.

Is
it
beEer
to
offer
it
to
Sabriel
or
to
let
Will
marry
someone
else?”


  • 8. “We
can
decide
that
when
the
Nme
comes,”
Chris
said.

 Mal
nodded.

“That
sounds
like
what
I’ve
been
thinking,”
he
said,
sounding
relieved.

“Let
him
choose.”

  • 9. “I
feel
like
I
could
have
stopped
this
from
happening
if
I
hadn’t
jumped
on
that
food
service
job
and
just
went
for
what
I
really
 wanted,”
Chris
said.
 Mal
reached
for
her
hand
at
the
same
Nme
that
Chris
reached
for
his.

“Don’t
worry
about
it,”
he
said.

“Maybe
there
would
be
all
 kinds
of
invenNons
filling
up
the
house
now,
but
I
wouldn’t
trade
leWng
the
kids
eat
for
anything.

I
never
wanted
them
to
go
 hungry
because
food
was
so
scarce.”

He
frowned.

“I
wanted
to
give
them
everything.”

  • 10. Should
she
tell
him?

It
couldn’t
hurt,
and
it
would
probably
help.

  • 11. “Mal,”
she
said.

“there’s
a
woman
named
Alayne
Stone
living
in
Winterfell.

I’m
not
sure
if
I
believe
this,
but…apparently
she’s
 your
grandmother,
and
she’s
trying
to
hurt
us.”

  • 12. Mal
stared
at
her,
not
understanding.

“What—my
grandmother—you
mean
Sansa?

How?

Why?

How
can
that
be
possible?”

  • 13. “Because
the
ghosts
of
people
we
know
come
back
to
haunt
us,”
Chris
said.

“Is
it
really
that
much
of
a
stretch
to
go
from
ghosts
 to
people
who
have
completely
risen
from
the
dead?”

  • 14. “I
guess
when
you
put
it
that
way…”
Mal
trailed
off.

“But
she
did
so
much
for
this
place.

How
could
she
want
to
hurt
us?”
 “It
sounded
like
she
wanted
to
be
in
charge
again
herself,”
Chris
said.
 Mal
frowned.

“What
are
we
supposed
to
do
about
this?

Besides
telling
the
kids
and
everyone
else.

Because
if
it
is
true,
I
don’t
 want
to
be
the
one
who
went
around
yelling
that
it
was
a
lie…”

  • 15. “Don’t
worry,”
Chris
said.

“We’ll
make
it
through.

We
always
have.”

  • 16. Mal
hugged
her.

“I
love
you.

I
don’t
know
what
I’d
do
without
you.”

  • 17. “I
love
you,
too.”

  • 18. Will
didn’t
know
what
to
expect
when
the
taxi
dropped
him
off
and
he
walked
up
to
Winterfell.

Here
he
was.

Sabriel
was
the
only
 member
of
his
family
who
he’d
seen
in
three
years;
phone
conversaNons
didn’t
count.

How
was
everyone
doing?

Had
they
 changed
as
much
as
he
felt
like
he
had?

Did
they
sNll
love
him?

Of
course
they
did.

They
were
his
family.

But
what
if
they
didn’t?

  • 19. Julian
came
out
to
greet
Will
and
waved.

“Welcome
home,”
he
said.


 “Thanks.

It’s
great
to
see
you,”
Will
said.

He
leaned
closer.


“Is
that…an
engagement
ring?”
 “It
is,
believe
it
or
not.

BriEany
asked
me
to
marry
her.”
 “Not
Jan?”
 Julian
looked
down.

“No.

Why
don’t
we
go
inside
and
talk
about
it?

Your
dad
wants
to
ask
you
something.”



  • 20. Will
walked
up
the
steps
and
looked
into
the
house.

The
first
floor
living
and
dining
area
hadn’t
changed
one
bit.

He
had
 remembered
the
wallpaper
as
a
brighter
yellow,
but
now
that
it
was
in
front
of
him,
he
didn’t
see
what
had
made
him
think
that.

 But
even
this
incredibly
familiar
room
seemed
so
different
aOer
years
of
bare
walls
and
itchy
blue
carpeNng.

Looking
back
at
this
 house
reminded
Will
just
how
lucky
he
was
to
be
able
to
live
there.
No
fighNng
to
survive.

They
might
have
to
fight,
but
it
was
so
 they
could
make
life
beEer
for
everyone
else.

 Why
wasn’t
Julian
marrying
Jan?
he
asked
himself.

  • 21. “Hi,
Will.”

His
dad’s
smile
didn’t
look
as
big
as
he
remembered
it.

“Welcome
home.

Why
don’t
you
grab
a
sandwich
and
have
a
 seat?”

  • 22. “It’s
good
to
see
you,
too,”
Will
said
as
he
went
to
get
his
sandwich.

Of
course
things
were
going
to
be
different
aOer
three
years,
 but
it
seemed
like
everyone
was
acNng
strangely.

Everyone
looked
a
lot
older,
especially
his
dad,
but
they
were
also
so
much
 more
serious
than
he
remembered.

“What’s
new?”

  • 23. “Things
are
going
on
almost
the
same
as
usual.”

Mal
didn’t
know
exactly
what
to
say
to
Will.

Neither
one
of
them
had
chosen
to
 be
out
of
contact
for
this
long,
but
three
years
was
sNll
a
long
Nme
to
go
without
seeing
your
son.

He
hoped
the
others
would
be
 able
to
stay
in
touch
more
oOen.

“Arthur’s
going
to
join
you
at
college
soon,
and
Sabriel
is
going
to
go
early.”
 “That’s…great,”
Will
said.

“I’m
looking
forward
to
seeing
them.”
 “We’ve
been
talking
a
lot
about
the
heirship.”

  • 24. “Has
something
changed?”

Will
asked.

 “No,”
Mal
said.

“We
sNll
want
you
to
be
heir—if
you
sNll
want
it,
of
course.”
 “Why
wouldn’t
I
want
it?”

Will
felt
relieved
for
a
moment,
but
he
had
a
feeling
that
this
quesNon
would
have
an
answer
that
he
 didn’t
want
to
hear.

  • 25. “You
asked
me
earlier
why
I
wasn’t
marrying
Jan,”
Julian
said,
taking
a
seat
next
to
Will.
 “And
why
aren’t
you?

Aside
from
the
fact
that
you’re
a
Romance
Sim—but
why
marry
someone
else,
then?”

  • 26. “Jan
is
a
theorist,”
Mal
explained.

“I
thought
it
would
be
a
good
idea
to
ask
if
she
could
help
the
family,
because
she
could
be
 invenNng
some
really
interesNng
things.

But
then
Julian
reminded
me
that
there’s
only
one
way
that
she
can
help
the
family:
if
 she
marries
you.”




  • 27. “What?”
Will
asked.

“Jan—marries
me?

How
is
that
supposed
to
work?”

  • 28. “Well,
you
don’t
have
to,”
Mal
said,
wishing
he’d
thought
more
about
the
backup
plan
now.

  • 29. “And
you’re
okay
with
this?”

Will
asked
Julian.

“You
think
it’s
just
fine
if
it
happens?”

  • 30. “Honestly,
I’m
trying
to
be
happy
with
it,”
Julian
said.

“But
I
love
BriEany,
too,
and
I
think
I’m
going
to
be
happier
spending
the
 rest
of
my
Nme
with
her
than
I
would
be
on
my
own.

It’s
not
what
I
wanted.

But
no
maEer
what
you
choose,
Will,
I’ve
found
 someone
I
love,
and
I’m
going
to
be
okay.”

  • 31. Will
turned
back
to
his
dad
and
watched
his
mom
grab
a
sandwich
and
take
the
empty
seat
at
the
table.

“I
sNll
don’t
get
this,”
he
 said.

“You
think
it’s
a
good
idea
for
me
to
marry
Uncle
Julian’s
girlfriend
because…of
her
job?”

Could
that
be
a
good
reason
to
 marry
her?

Could
anything
be
a
good
enough
reason,
even
if
he
seemed
to
have
his
uncle’s
permission?


  • 32. “She
does
have
an
important
job,”
Chris
pointed
out.

“And
her
work
could
do
more
for
this
community
than
we
could
ever
 imagine.

We’re
not
going
to
do
anything
unNl
both
of
you
say
yes,
but
your
dad
and
I
think
it’s
something
that’s
at
least
worth
 considering.”

  • 33. “So
what
happens
if
I
consider
it
and
I
say
no?”
Will
asked.

“Does
that
mean
I
can’t
be
the
heir
anymore?

Is
finding
a
theorist
 really
that
important?”

  • 34. “Honestly,
we
don’t
know,”
Mal
said.

“We
sNll
think
you’d
be
the
best
heir
for
this
family,
and
we
want
to
choose
you.

We
know
 how
much
this
means
to
you.

But
we
also
want
to
find
a
scienNst.”
 “We
thought
that
we
would
talk
about
that
when
the
Nme
came
and
give
both
of
you
the
opNon,”
Chris
said.



  • 35. “It’s
your
choice.

Whatever
you
want.”
 But
it
sure
looked
like
there
was
a
right
choice
and
a
wrong
one.

  • 36. Will
stared
at
his
sandwich.

Even
though
no
one
had
said
these
exact
words
to
him,
he
had
always
known
somewhere
deep
down
 that
he
would
have
to
make
sacrifices
for
his
family,
whether
he
was
the
heir
or
not.

He
just
hadn’t
known
what
would
be
asked
 of
him.



  • 37. He
had
to
marry
someone,
didn’t
he?

Will
had
one
year
leO
in
college,
and
he
hadn’t
found
anyone
who
he
loved,
let
alone
 anyone
he
loved
enough
to
marry.

But
when
he
graduated,
he
would
have
to
move
home,
find
work,
and
get
married
quickly
in
 order
to
ensure
that
the
family
would
conNnue
into
the
next
generaNon.

If
he
couldn’t
find
someone
himself,
why
not
accept
the
 person
who
they
told
him
to
marry?

  • 38. But
part
of
him
cried
out.

This
was
Jan.

It
was
the
woman
who
had
sat
around
the
table
in
her
underwear
who
knew
how
many
 Nmes
and
danced
the
smustle
as
he
became
a
teenager.

Julian
might
be
flashing
an
engagement
ring
and
saying
he
was
fine
with
 this
marriage,
but
how
could
his
uncle
just
let
go
of
someone
he
had
loved
for
so
long?

If
his
uncle
sNll
loved
her,
how
could
Will
 ever
do
that?

How
could
Jan
ever
love
him?
 You’re
asking
too
much,
Will
thought
as
he
chewed.

I
can
give
up
a
lot.

But
can
I
do
this?

  • 39. He
looked
across
the
table
at
his
dad.

Mal
tried
not
to
show
any
expression,
but
he
couldn’t
keep
the
smile
off
his
face
enNrely.


 Will
looked
away.

He
had
always
wanted
his
dad
to
take
him
seriously.

Look
at
him
now.

Could
he
be
taken
any
more
seriously?

  • 40. When
Will
thought
about
saying
no,
he
didn’t
think
he
could
do
that,
either.

Will
had
wanted
to
be
the
heir
ever
since
he
first
 started
to
think
about
choosing
his
aspiraNon.

How
could
he
give
that
up?

How
could
he
give
that
up
to
Sabriel?

She’d
probably
 yell
at
him
all
the
Nme
when
she
actually
got
control—
 “Ow.”

Will
realized
he’d
accidentally
biEen
his
lip.

  • 41. He
couldn’t
let
Sabriel
be
the
heir,
and
he
didn’t
love
anyone
else.

What
else
was
he
supposed
to
do?
 “Yes.

I’ll
do
it.”

  • 42. “Are
you
sure?”

Mal
asked.

“We
don’t
want
to
force
you
into
this.”

  • 43. “Yeah.

I
am,”
Will
said.

“I
sNll
want
to
be
the
heir,
and
if
it’s
the
best
thing
for
the
family…”
He
looked
around
the
table.

“Then
I’ll
 marry
her.”

  • 44. He
hoped
he’d
done
the
right
thing.

  • 45. “While
you’re
here,”
Chris
said,
“there’s
one
more
thing
we
have
to
explain
to
you.”

  • 46. She
proceeded
to
explain
to
him
about
how
Alayne
was
Sansa
and
trying
to
supplant
them.

Will
had
heard
it
once
before,
and
he
 sNll
didn’t
really
believe
it,
but
he
wondered
if
there
was
something
to
it
now
that
his
mom
had
bought
into
the
story.

  • 47. And
just
aOer
that,
Julian
made
the
call
to
talk
to
Jan.

  • 48. As
soon
as
Arthur
got
home
from
school,
he
headed
for
the
phone
and
called
up
Ricky.

He
wasn’t
ready
for
college
yet,
so
Arthur
 wanted
to
say
goodbye
outside
of
the
school
where
there
wasn’t
a
policy
about
public
displays
of
affecNon.

Then
he
sat
down
to
 read
while
he
waited
and
went
outside
to
greet
Ricky
aOer
seeing
him
arrive
from
the
window.
 “Hey
there!”

Arthur
said,
mimicking
Sabriel’s
finger‐gun
gesture
because
he
felt
like
it.

  • 49. Ricky
laughed.

“Hey
yourself!”


  • 50. “What’s
up?”
Arthur
smiled.

“And
how
come
you’re
not
going
to
college?

I’ll
miss
you
there.”

  • 51. Ricky
shrugged.

“I
just
don’t
feel
like
I’m
ready
to
grow
up
yet.”

He
didn’t
even
realize
unNl
a
moment
aOer
he
stopped
speaking
 that
he
was
smiling.

It
was
just
so
easy
to
smile
back
at
Arthur.

  • 52. “Well,
I
wish
you’d
come
with
me,”
Arthur
said.

“But
I
guess
if
you
don’t
have
to
grow
up,
then
there’s
no
reason
why
you
 should…”
 “Except
maybe
if
it’ll
keep
the
girls
away,”
Ricky
joked.
 Arthur
nodded.

“Speaking
of
which…”
 “Yes?”

  • 53. “I…”
 “Yes?”

Ricky
looked
like
he
was
about
to
crack
up.

  • 54. So
Arthur
decided
it
was
a
good
Nme
to
shut
up
and
kiss
Ricky.

  • 55. “How
long
have
you
been
wanNng
to
do
that?”

Ricky
asked.
 “Since…not
that
long
aOer
I
met
you.”

  • 56. Unfortunately,
Arthur
couldn’t
set
his
studies
aside,
but
he
could
chat
with
Ricky
while
he
did
so.
 “Is
this
as
boring
as
it
looks?”

Ricky
asked.
 “Yes,”
Arthur
answered.

“I’m
not
even
sure
what
I’m
studying
right
now.

The
words
all
look
the
same.

Oh—I
think
it’s
creaNvity.”
 “You
can’t
blame
me
for
not
wanNng
to
go
to
college.”

He
leaned
back.


  • 57. Will
found
himself
siWng
next
to
BriEany
at
the
mahjong
table
and
looking
at
her
without
being
able
to
think
of
anything
to
say.

 His
uncle
loved
BriEany.

They
were
going
to
be
happy.

So
why
was
she
one
of
the
last
people
who
he
would
have
wanted
to
sit
 with
at
the
mahjong
table
right
now?

She’d
always
seemed
pleasant
enough.

  • 58. “I
know
this
probably
isn’t
something
you
expected—me
marrying
your
uncle,”
BriEany
observed,
aware
that
she
was
technically
 going
to
be
Will’s
aunt.

  • 59. “Probably?”

Will
asked.

“I
don’t
know
what
I
expected,
but
it’s
been
a
long
Nme
since
I’ve
been
here.

Of
course
something’s
 changed.”

More
than
something.
 Will
turned
his
face
away
from
BriEany
so
she
couldn’t
see
the
tears
welling
up.

  • 60. When
Jan
came
over,
the
two
of
them
sat
down
at
the
threshold
of
the
house
to
talk,
and
Julian
explained
what
everyone
had
 been
talking
about:
the
discussion
of
marrying
her
to
Will,
the
decision
to
let
the
two
of
them
decide,
Julian’s
engagement
to
 BriEany,
and
Will’s
decision.
 “You’re
breaking
up
with
me?”

Jan
asked
Julian.



  • 61. “Yes,”
Julian
said,
not
trying
to
sidestep
the
quesNon.

He’d
been
hoping
that
he
magically
wouldn’t
have
to
explain
this.

“I
love—I
 sNll
love
you.

But
I
never
wanted
to
make
more
of
a
commitment
to
you,
and
I
didn’t
think
you
did,
either.

And
then
this
came
 along,
and
I
realized
I
did
want
to
be
with
one
person—”

  • 62. “At
least
you
told
me.”

Jan
didn’t
want
to
hear
anymore.

She
tried
to
keep
her
emoNons
off
her
face.

“But
if
you
didn’t
think
I
 was
the
marrying
kind,
then
why
exactly
do
you
think
I
should
marry
your
nephew?”

  • 63. “I’m
not
going
to
try
to
persuade
you,”
Julian
said.

“But
I
will
say
it’s
the
chance
you’ve
always
wanted
to
stop
coming
up
with
 theories
and
start
puWng
your
ideas
into
pracNce.”

  • 64. Jan
got
to
her
feet
to
think
about
that.

Julian
might
have
been
a
prick,
but
he
had
a
good
point.

If
she
joined
the
family,
she
 would
have
an
opportunity
that
no
one
at
her
lab
had
ever
given
her:
the
chance
to
translate
some
of
her
ideas
for
new
 technologies
into
reality.

Her
superiors
had
always
said
that
they
were
just
fantasy
contrapNons,
but
Jan
knew
that
she
could
 make
the
machine
that
put
everyone
into
a
beEer
mood
a
reality.

She’d
just
been
too
afraid
to
do
it
on
her
own
and
risk
losing
 her
job
over
it.

And
if
she
took
this
chance,
the
most
powerful
family
in
Winterfell
would
back
her
up.
 She
realized
that
she
was
smiling
and
tried
to
make
herself
stop.

  • 65. “I’ll
do
it,”
she
told
Julian.
 AOer
all,
she
had
nothing
right
now
besides
a
job
where
people
didn’t
take
her
theories
seriously.

Something
was
beEer
than
 nothing.

  • 66. “Great.”

Julian
hugged
Jan.

“You
won’t
regret
it.

I
hope
this
will
make
you
happy.”
 Jan
realized
she
was
holding
Julian
too
closely
and
let
go.

She
had
already
started
trying
to
forget
him.

She
shouldn’t
even
let
him
 touch
her
or
want
to
let
him
touch
her.

  • 67. “You’ll
like
Will,”
Julian
assured
Jan.

“He’s
a
great
kid.”

  • 68. Maybe
he
was.

But
he
was
a
kid.

  • 69. She
decided
to
hit
the
books.

AOer
all,
she
was
here
because
she
had
a
job
to
do.

Might
as
well
get
on
with
it.

  • 70. Sabriel
had
been
demoted.
 Blah
blah
blah
her
boss
wanted
someone
who
would
do
what
she
was
told,
not
someone
with
a
brain.
 There
went
another
one
of
her
plans—this
one
was
for
impressing
the
scholarship
commiEee
with
her
work
experience
and
her
 interest
in
poliNcs.

It
was
a
less
important
plan
than
becoming
the
heir,
but
Sabriel
hadn’t
needed
anything
else
to
go
wrong.

  • 71. Luckily,
the
downstairs
sink
was
broken,
which
meant
Sabriel
could
take
it
out
on
something.
 “Take
that!”

she
screamed.

“
You
ARE
a
lying,
cheaNng
crook,
and
don’t
you
try
to
convince
me
or
ANYONE
ELSE
otherwise!

I
 don’t
know
why
anyone
works
for
you!”
 Unfortunately,
Arthur
seemed
to
be
right:
this
wasn’t
actually
working
to
fix
the
sink.

And
even
though
hiWng
stuff
could
be
really
 fun,
she
wasn’t
accomplishing
anything
besides
geWng
wet.

  • 72. So
Sabriel
sat
down
at
the
chess
table,
wishing
she
could
take
another
nap
instead.

How
many
hours
had
she
spent
in
front
of
it?

 She
sNll
didn’t
have
her
logic
scholarship
to
show
for
it.

Fat
lot
of
good
this
was
doing.

She
set
out
the
pieces,
slamming
each
one
 against
the
board.

  • 73. “Can
I
play,
or
would
you
rather
be
here
by
yourself?”

Will
asked.

He
didn’t
know
if
Sabriel
was
going
to
bite
his
head
off
like
she
 had
at
Spencer’s
house,
but
he
needed
to
talk
to
someone
who
wasn’t
involved
in
what
had
happened
around
the
dinner
table,
 and
Arthur
was
hiWng
the
books
with
Ricky.
 “You
really
want
to
play
this
god‐awful
game?

Go
ahead.

I’m
not
going
to
stop
you.”

  • 74. Will
looked
at
the
board,
then
advanced
his
first
piece.

“Your
move.”

If
he
imagined
it,
he
thought,
they
could
both
be
teenagers
 again,
when
none
of
this
had
happened.



  • 75. “Did
you
do
it?”

Sabriel
asked.
 “Do
what?”
 “Are
you
going
to
marry
Jan?”

It
was
probably
a
stupid
quesNon.

Otherwise,
her
parents
would
have
come
to
her
before
now,
but
 no
one
had
seen
fit
to
fill
her
in.

They
were
probably
scared.

They
should
have
been.

  • 76. “Yes,”
he
said.

“Believe
it
or
not,
I
do
care
about
this
family.”

  • 77. “You
didn’t
have
to
do
that,”
Sabriel
said.

She
had
to
admit
that
she
was
kind
of
impressed
that
Will
had
done
it,
though.


  • 78. “Yes.

I
did
have
to.”

  • 79. This
wasn’t
what
Will
had
expected
when
he
had
thought
about
being
the
heir
as
a
kid,
though.

What
if
it
could
have
been
 different?

It
didn’t
maEer.

He
had
made
his
choice,
and
now
he
had
to
live
with
it.

  • 80. “Fine,”
Sabriel
said.

“God,
I’m
so
ready
to
start
college.

You
have
no
idea.”

  • 81. “You’re
going
early,
then?”

Will
asked
as
the
light
started
to
fall.

He
wasn’t
sure
what
he
thought
of
that.

  • 82. “Of
course
I
am,”
Sabriel
said.

“I’m
bored
out
of
my
mind.

There’s
nothing
leO
to
do
here.”
 She
looked
different
in
the
dark.

In
fact,
Sabriel
almost
looked—vulnerable?

No,
that
couldn’t
be
it.

  • 83. “I
get
that,”
Will
said.

“And—just
hold
on.”

That
was
what
he
was
doing.
 “I
don’t
need
your
pity,”
Sabriel
muEered
from
across
the
table.
 “What?”
 “Nothing.”

  • 84. Upstairs,
Brandon
approached
Lily
to
talk
about
his
plans.

He
knew
he
wasn’t
going
to
live
forever,
and
because
Lily
was
immortal
 and
was
working
her
way
up
in
his
organizaNon,
he
wanted
her
to
take
over
as
the
Law
of
Winterfell.

“I
wanted
to
know
how
work
 was
going
for
you,”
he
said.

“Because
I’ve
got
a
lot
of
plans.

Even
though
that
‘take
Care
that
the
Laws
be
faithfully
executed’
 provision
seems
to
be
falling
by
the
wayside…”

  • 85. Lily
turned
away
and
closed
her
eyes.

She
didn’t
want
to
think
about
this
now.

  • 86. “—and
then…”
Brandon
stopped
in
the
middle
of
his
gesture.

“Why
aren’t
you
listening
to
me?”

  • 87. She
turned
back.

“I
got
fired!”
Lily
shouted.


  • 88. “What?”
Brandon
answered.

“No.

No
way.

I’ll
talk
to
whoever
did
that
and
fire
his
ass
if
I
have
to.

You’re
geWng
back
in
the
 organizaNon.”

  • 89. “But
you
can’t
do
that
and
be
an
example
of
abiding
by
the
law
for
everyone
else,”
Lily
said.

“And
it
is
the
law
now:
you
get
fired,
 you
can’t
go
back
to
work
in
the
same
field.

It’s
an
uncommonly
silly
law,
and
it
hurts
a
lot
of
people,
and
I
know
you
tried
to
stop
 it
from
being
codified.

But
it’s
the
law.”

She
turned
away
again.

“It’s
over.”

  • 90. “Not
yet,”
Brandon
said.

“Even
if
you
can’t
be
the
new
Law,
I’ll
find
someone
else
who
can
be
trusted
to
do
it
aOer
I
die.”



  • 91. “Who?”

she
asked.

“The
kids
are
going
to
have
to
go
into
their
own
fields.

And
I
don’t
know
who
else
we
can
trust.”

  • 92. “Maybe
Maya
or
BriEany
could
do
it,”
Brandon
suggested.

“I’m
sure
there’s
someone.”

  • 93. She
didn’t
look
convinced,
and
he
didn’t
feel
convinced,
either.

So
Brandon
put
a
smile
on
his
face.

“Cheer
up.

Everything’s
going
 to
be
fine.”

  • 94. “If
I’m
going
to
go
to
college,
I’d
beEer
go
now
before
the
phones
die
again.”

Sabriel
got
up
from
the
chess
table,
then
gave
it
a
 slap.

“I
am
not
going
to
miss
you,”
she
told
the
Nmers.

  • 95. “All
right,”
Will
said.

“See
you
back
at
Oldtown.”
 For
once,
he
reflected,
he
actually
wanted
to
go
back
to
his
house.

  • 96. But
instead
of
siWng
at
the
chess
table,
he
decided
to
get
up
the
nerve
to
introduce
himself
to
Jan.

  • 97. She
had
cooked
pork
chops,
so
Will
took
a
plate
and
sat
down
at
the
table
next
to
her,
then
took
a
bite.

“These
are
delicious,”
he
 said.

“Where
did
you
get
the
recipe?”

  • 98. “From
one
of
your
mom’s
cookbooks,”
Jan
said.

She
stared
at
her
food,
then
put
down
her
fork.

“Excuse
me.”

  • 99. What
was
he
doing
wrong?
 ExisNng,
probably.

She
hadn’t
asked
for
this.

If
Will
was
Jan,
he
wouldn’t
have
wanted
to
talk
to
himself.

But
he
hoped
that
 someday,
she
would
want
to
speak
to
him.

  • 100. Arthur
and
Sabriel
each
made
the
phone
calls
to
ask
for
the
results
of
their
scholarship
applicaNons
and
discovered
that,
between
 them,
they
had
earned
$6500
in
scholarship
money
(plus
an
extra
one
thousand
for
living
expenses).

  • 101. They
each
said
their
goodbyes
to
their
parents,
though
Arthur
expressed
a
liEle
more
anxiety
about
leaving
home
than
Sabriel
did.
 “You’ll
do
a
great
job,”
both
Mal
and
Chris
said,
telling
both
Arthur
and
Sabriel
how
proud
of
them
they
were.

  • 102. And
one
by
one,
their
taxis
came
to
take
them
to
Oldtown
and
the
next
stage
of
their
lives,
where
Will
would
wait
for
them
once
 they
arrived.

  • 103. Next
Nme
on
An
Apocalypse
of
Ice:

I’m
actually
going
to
be
taking
a
break
from
Winterfell
for
a
liEle
while.

Here’s
what
my
 Nmeline
for
future
storytelling
looks
like:
 +
Will
is
geWng
a
Bachelor
Challenge!

This
is
intended
to
make
up
for
his
arranged
marriage
to
Jan.

I’ve
already
played
the
 challenge
itself,
so
now
that
this
is
done,
I’m
going
to
start
on
the
BC.
 +
AOer
that,
I’m
going
to
come
back
to
Winterfell
and
bring
on
generaNon
5
(plus
the
final
member
of
generaNon
4).

 +
Then,
whenever
I
reach
somewhere
that
resembles
a
natural
stopping‐point,
I’ll
leave
Winterfell
again
to
tell
the
story
of
the
 lovely
Eloise
Doran
at
the
Boolpropian
Round
Robin
Legacy!
 So
keep
an
eye
out
on
the
Bachelor
Challenge
board,
and
Happy
Simming!

 ‐‐Lily

  • 104. No,
this
transiNon
ouoit
is
not
going
to
stop
being
funny.
 Keep
an
eye
out
on
the
Bachelor
Challenge
board,
and
Happy
Simming!

 ‐‐Lily


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