LMM 473: All that Matters

Claimer: I do hereby claim all rights and responsibility for the characters in this series of vignettes because the Amaranthine Saga is mine. (Which means I should probably behave myself since anything I say or do could be taken as canon.) Indulge the lot of us, especially the lone one.

All that Matters

“You rather put this off,” Jacques murmured. “Was it for lack of a suitable partner?”

“I’ve been… busy.”

“I keep busy myself.” Jacques chose to be straightforward. “You know I sometimes seek the company of cats?”

“I knew.”

“Is that part of why you chose me? You wanted an experienced lover?”

Sonnet tensed.

“We need to be clear. Our game of hide-and-seek will stir instincts, and I’m responsible for the consequences.” Jacques sighed. “I’m aware that I’m an unusual choice for a caper through the woods, but if you trust me, if you want me, that’s really all that matters.”

Posted: August 25, 2022
Prompt: Hide and Seek, suggested by Milagros
Words: 100

Summary: Jacques Smythe brazens his way into Stately House and shows no sign of departing. Like it or not, Lord Mettlebright has himself a butler. An Amaranthine Saga Serial. [Humor, Drama, Family] Begins here. You can suggest a prompt here. To scroll through archived chapters, use the Lord Mettlebright’s Man tag.


8 thoughts on “LMM 473: All that Matters

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  2. He seeks their company…they seek out his…for an ungifted, normal, ordinary human (insofar as Reaver specialty or Amaranthine traits, clearly Jacques is extremely gifted!) he’s done more for bridging the culture then I think he’s given credit for (out loud at least. Argent’s regard and trust goes a long way as does Hisoka’s). He’s not careful he’ll be as popular as Kimiko and Quen!

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  3. So how old *is* Sonnet? Somehow I thought Hemmed in Silver took place a long time ago? So Sonnet would be at least several hundred years old, a mature adult. Or have I confused the timelines? This portion of LMM makes him seem very young and unsure of himself, more like early 20s equivalent

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    • As usual, you have all the facts, but they’re scattered.

      1) Based on context clues, it’s fair to guess that Hemmed in Silver is set in the 1950s or 60s (post-war, and Alfie makes reference to seeing things on the telly). That sets Songs 05 around 80 years into the past.

      2) In Flattered by Flowers, we see Anna Green holding Rampant’s beautiful baby boy, and that little guy is Sonnet. As you may recall, he’s the son of Sentinel & Rampant (nee Starmark) Skybellow. So Sonnet is a baby when young Eloquence Starmark is in his middling adolescent phase.

      3) Quen is 383 during Bk2, which puts Sonnet in his 280s (give or take) at that same time. Subtract the 80 years since we last saw him at Merritt House, and that means … Sonnet was barely an adult (scraping in at his second century) when he rebelled against his father & ran away from home to be a lone wolf. The dear.

      All that to say … Sonnet is somewhere around 280 years old. For context, most Amaranthine go through some sort of rite of attainment when they’re 200-ish. So Sonnet is still young-ish in the eyes of his clan & peers.

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  4. Yes, thanks very much. I remembered that Anna came to Keishi about 300 years before Book 2, which would make Sonnet around 300 in LMM, and she seemed sheltered but mature while mothering Alfie and his little sister (gruel?) so being hesitant now in matters of the heart confused me.
    I am really looking forward to being able to read all of LMM at once! Then I can flip back and forth between it and the rest of the saga and stories when I’m confused. But I greatly appreciate your quick response.

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