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It's time for some free fiction, and for the second story of the Alice and Thomas era. The year is 1954. Thomas Price is new in town, and Alice is just trying to be hospitable. Honestly, that's all she's doing at the house.

With "The Lay of the Land," we begin the slow dance between Thomas Price, Covenant researcher, and Alice Healy, too young, too untrained, and too foolhardy by half. It's going to be a long one. Best that we get started.

You can download the new story now from the InCryptid short fiction page.

This also serves as your discussion post.

Date: 2017-02-03 01:28 am (UTC)
ext_2135: narnia: home sweet home (soraki) (first times (earth_mage))
From: [identity profile]
Oh, this was delightful. Thank you so much for posting. Thomas definitely seems to be of an entirely different Covenant stripe than anyone is expecting; I loved seeing him be so gentle with the tailypo. (With a quick check to the field guide to see if it was there; my, that is a lot of tail!)

Date: 2017-02-03 01:31 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] anne_d
Thank you so much, this was lovely.

Date: 2017-02-03 02:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
What a wonderful surprise! I enjoyed this very much, even though I got a little misty when Thomas was musing about Alice's mother. Even "preternaturally good luck" has a tendency to run out.

Date: 2017-02-03 03:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I posted in the giveaway thread that I wanted Alice and/or Thomas to show up and the next day I get short fiction.

Let's try this again: I want a new car.

Date: 2017-02-03 06:51 am (UTC)
notalwaysweak: Rainbow rose with words 'love as thou wilt' below in white lettering (Kushiel's Legacy: Rainbow Love.)
From: [personal profile] notalwaysweak
I also asked for more Alice! #blessed

Date: 2017-02-03 06:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Me three!

Date: 2017-02-04 10:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, I also said more Alice, because Alice is the best.

Date: 2017-02-03 01:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] reedrover
Thank you! I'm enjoying the background and development of Alice a great deal. And rock scorpions! So cool!

Date: 2017-02-03 02:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Oh Lord... I love Alice more and more the more I hear about her. This was amzing.

Date: 2017-02-03 03:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Great little story! Definitely needed a pickmeup today. A laptop died AND my dang phone. So yay for soothing little ditties from Seanan :-)

Date: 2017-02-03 07:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yay! Thank you! Looking forward to reading it this weekend.

Date: 2017-02-03 11:29 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-02-04 01:02 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-02-06 06:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wonderful. Thank you!

Ah, parenting and The Law of Unintended Consequences.

Date: 2017-02-07 07:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rebekah rose lange (from
How wonderful!

This is exactly what I needed and was a pleasure to read!

Date: 2017-02-07 06:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
InCryptid is a gateway drug to other Seanan books. I fell in love with this series, even though I hadn't really liked October Daye when I tried. Then I read the Parasite series. Now I'm devouring these short stories. So I re-tried the Amazon sample of the first Daye and (gulp) went and ordered all ten books. Thought I ought to let you know.

Date: 2017-02-08 06:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Thank you so much for another fabulous story!
I love the piece-by-piece way you are telling us the years and years of background of this fascinating world, even if waiting in between is agony (which just shows the quality of the work, so no complaining!).

Date: 2017-02-16 06:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ha! Strict parents raise the best liars. At least Alice has the support of her grandmother.

This story was a delight!

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