Frustra vixisse



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Description: I wrote a story about that a while back. It's published in The Chains That You Refuse , but today seems like a good day to give away some fiction. And yanno. There's 20 more like it in the book, if it entertains you.... Stella Nova by Elizabeth Bear Prague. 1601. 1. Ne frustra vixisse videar. The…

The dying man turned his head and vomited into an enameled basin held by his common-law wife. "Sophie?"

"Sophie is not here, Tyge. She is with Eric. In Hamburg." Kirstine's golden hair glimmered in the sickroom light, dimming as she bent into the shadow of the tapestried bed. "Tyge, my love, you must rest."

She cooled his brow with a cloth. His forehead rose high over a beard that would have been trimmed to a neat point were it not matted with sweat and vomitus. The bridge of his nose glittered even in the halflight, where a dueling scar lay concealed beneath a plate of precious metal.

"I am here." Staring eyes over a prominent nose leaned from the shadows near the door. A much younger man, this--perhaps on the cusp of his thirtieth year, or just past it--his thick goatee still black. "What do you require?"

"I have written it already, Tycho." Johannes Kepler raised the long quill in his scarred and cramped right hand and bent further into the light to read back the words, in the Latin and in the vernacular. "'May I not seem to have lived in vain.' It is written, and you have not. I will continue our War with Mars. Your name will live."






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