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I'm picking my way slowly through Abhorsen with the kind of savor I didn't the first time around, when it was a mad rush straight to the end to see that everything ended in not-catastrophe, and these books are really where my brain is. (I wish there was more of a fandom; I've almost definitely decided I'm going to do the Restoration fic, but I haven't decided whether I'm going to withhold it for an appropriate yuletide request or hope the fandom grows a fandom after Clariel this September.)

And like ... I've been thinking about Sabriel and Ellimere (I) and Sulyn while they're At School, and there's a part of me that's very attached to the idea that those three were the ones who Never Went Home. Sabriel because Terciel is off keeping the dead down; Ellimere because she has stepfamily whom she doesn't get along with and who don't get along with her. Sulyn because of complicated arrangements with dead family, trusts, and not having a lot waiting for her the building she lists as her home address.

And so that first round of school holidays when almost everyone at Wyverly goes home and whatnot, they're the only girls there between the ages of 6 and 8, and they bond. And while they don't up to a lot of mischief, no one is surprised when they're involved in mischief, and also when the mischief they do get up to is not technically against any rules. Those three are highhandedly responsible for the addition of no fewer than 12 new pages to the school code.

(Three grades under Princess Ellimere, there's another girl who shares her name, and they're not as close as the might have been if they had shared a grade, but they become so thirty years after Kerrigor, when Ellie takes over diplomatic relations with Ancelstierre from her mother and circumstance throws them into regular proximity with one another.)

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