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Irony of ironies

May 8th, 2010 (01:45 am)
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So, male parental returned today from a short trip to Japan. I'd thought to have him pick up the latest HakuYou book for me while he was there, but decided to order it direct instead. (FSU and he both wanted a couple of books, and it would only be extra luggage for him to carry back.) As it is, the books arrived... today. Shortly after we got back from the airport. *laughs*


So far, I have no scans to share. I'll try to get those done in the next day or two. >.<;; Otherwise, I've flipped through and read the short stories that had been published in Cobalt. There was only one that I hadn't read before That Day Long Ago at Sylvanford: Sunny Little Devil. A story about Edgar when he was still a child. ^o^ I'll write more about that in the days to come as well. :P As I was flipping through the stories though, I noticed that there have been some changes. I`ll have to double check, but I`m pretty sure the story about the thimble did *not* have Edgar and Lydia having a private dinner together at the end.

I`ve only read bits of the new story in the book, but it looks like we`re going to get the story of when Edgar`s family is killed and he`s taken away by the Prince`s organisation. O_O The story seems to be in flashback as the characters (Edgar, Lydia, Raven, Francis, Kelly, Tompkins, Prof. Carlton, Lota, Grand Duke of Cremona, Paul, Nico, and Kelpie) spend the end of Christmas season together on Manaan Island. I remember a number of comments on 2ch earlier in the year hoping for a Xmas story to contrast Edgar's lonely Xmas the previous year when Lydia had returned to Scotland after everything that happened in book 6. And it looks like this is pretty much that sort of story along with what was probably the last truly happy Xmas Edgar had had as well. At least that's the impression I got from a quick flip through. (I haven't read the full thing yet, so we'll see how much of that first impression holds true as I read it. :P )


And I've been spending time again with HakuYou game. >.<; This really is a game about bad endings! Someone on 2ch said that and I totally agree with that sentiment! It's just *so* much fun to find all the 'bad' endings including having Lydia end up being seduced by Edgar, Lydia getting married to Edgar, stalker!Edgar, Lydia going away to Faerie with Kelpie, and various break-up with Edgar endings. ^^; Actually some of the bad endings really are more interesting that the good ones. *laughs* I finally managed to get all the stills for the game and am working on getting the heard dialogue on the various stories to 100%. >.<;; This is *so* hard! Some of those stories had just under 30 branches, so finding all the differences is *really* tough. Oh well. I'll keep at it slowly. :P

Anyhow, more stuff once I actually finish reading the story and do some scans. :P

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Posted by: LKK (lkk)
Posted at: May 8th, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC)
hty_kiss

Kelpie is spending the end of the Christmas season with the others? O_O I'd like to know if he was invited or just barged in like he usually does.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 9th, 2010 04:41 am (UTC)

*laughs* Can you honestly see Edgar agreeing to Kelpie being invited? ^^; ......Come to think of it, the anime series had Banshee's story take place entirely in London, didn't it?

In the novels, Lydia originally wanted to ask the merrow about something she'd heard from the fae while in Scotland, so she went to Manaan Island. Because of the things that happened between them at the end of book 6, Edgar was unable to try and see her and talk to her, but he certainly had every right to visit one of his holdings, so when he heard that she would be going to Manaan Island, he arranged to go there as well. Since Kelpie's Unseelie Court, generally the merrow won't welcome him to their island. But seeing how he wanted to see Lydia, he managed to sneak in with the merrow none the wiser. That was back then. In the latest book, Edgar seems to know that the merrow wouldn't welcome Kelpie to their island, and decides that Manaan Island would be the ideal place for everyone to spend Xmas. Since Kelpie had managed to sneak in earlier (Raven seeing Kelpie hold Lydia originally occurred on the island), he realises that it won't completely deter Kelpie from coming if he wanted to, but it's his way to be a pain and make things difficult.

Posted by: LKK (lkk)
Posted at: May 9th, 2010 03:25 pm (UTC)
hty_kiss

*laughs* Can you honestly see Edgar agreeing to Kelpie being invited? ^^;
I could see it possibly happening if Lydia absolutely insisted on it. Edgar might give in then.

.......Come to think of it, the anime series had Banshee's story take place entirely in London, didn't it?
I'm pretty sure it did.

he realises that it won't completely deter Kelpie from coming if he wanted to, but it's his way to be a pain and make things difficult.
Jealous Edgar as always. I'm laughing that he picked a place Kelpie would have trouble getting to for Christmas. Normally, I don't enjoy the jealous types too much, but there's something about the way Edgar gets jealous (and likewise Kelpie in return) that makes him adorable to watch.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 11th, 2010 03:23 am (UTC)

He really is such a child when it comes to Lydia. :P


"Hey, Earl. You brought Lydia to the merrow's island to annoy me didn't you."

"That's right."

Kelpie raised his voice so much that his wavy black hair stood on end at the flat response.

"Don't be so proud of such petty tricks."

"Petty tricks are more than enough for someone like you."

When they're in London, this guy was still trying to to get closer to Lydia. That's why Edgar chose to spend the Christmas season somewhere where it would be harder for him to bother them.

Naturally the island was one of Edgar's domains, and there was a grand castle there. Having gotten married, it was an ideal place to greet the new year.

Posted by: LKK (lkk)
Posted at: May 11th, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
hty_kiss

"Don't be so proud of such petty tricks."

"Petty tricks are more than enough for someone like you."

I can just imagine Edgar's urbane smirk at Kelpie's reaction. LOL Those two are so much to watch fight.

Actually Edgar was rather clever with his "let's keep Kelpie away" plan. Did Lydia ever figure out what was behind Edgar's location choice?

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 12th, 2010 08:15 am (UTC)

I don't think she ever really did. The part just before her running into Kelpie concentrated more on the castle itself and Edgar suggesting that it wouldn't be bad to eventually leave the hustle and bustle of London and live in the country. Still, she did at least realise the risk Kelpie was taking coming to the island. ^^; Then again, maybe they'll eventually go to Ibrazel, but... that's a big unknown and might not be so peaceful...

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