Just the Outlander chapter
Everyone is in shock and denial about Henri-Christian’s death. Marsali is holding his body, hoping that it hasn’t really happened. It’s such a normal part of grief, but it makes all this so much harder to read.
Then there’s poor Germain, who blames himself for his brother’s death. If only he held on tighter. It turns out they’d both went to sleep on the roof to see the stars and take advantage of the cooler space.
This is another normal part of death. All the adults aren’t really focused on that, though. Later at the funeral, it’s only Jamie who looks over to see that Germain needs someone with him. Ian goes over and gives Germain some cherry liquor to knock him out.
The community comes together and Reverend Figg makes sure that the church is ready for a wake. They want to make sure this innocent boy is said farewell to properly. Claire and Jamie take the time to wonder if Henri-Christian will be bored in death.
Of course, the conversation moves onto who started the fire. That’s when Claire starts to fear that she is the reason for the fire. She thinks about the note that they received at the print shop. It was never clear who that note was really for, but it was clear there was a threat of fire. Someone wanted the children dead.
When a young boy delivers a parcel directly to Claire, they find out that it is from Percy. It’s some money for Fergus to help, and while Jamie doesn’t really like it, he knows that he needs to take the purse as there will be a financial need coming up. Claire thinks that this is a sign Percy didn’t start the fire, and she’s grateful for that. While everyone else has shown distaste for the man, Claire likes him.
At the end, George Sorrel comes in to offer his condolences. Before he can do that, Fergus punches him. It turns out that this man has been making eyes at Marsali and Fergus is jealous of that. The people at the wake pull them apart. Rachel plays peacemaker as she thanks Sorrel for his condolences—making a note that they’re for the father as well as the mother to make a point. She’s such a great force of nature.