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“You won’t be expected to make a clan-marriage till you’re well into your profession,” her mother went on, “but there are prospects you ought to watch.” She fluttered hands over her tablet, and Martisset’s own sprang to life. “Personal inclination is one thing, and character. Watch, watch and wait. All sorts of things look good in theory. See what they’re made of, see how they choose when it’s matters of small moment.”
Martisset glanced down at the list that had appeared on the screen.
All girls, the ones she recognized; how her mother or father had discerned her own inclinations, she didn’t know, nor had they discussed it.
Martisset gets the Talk from her mother on the eve of her departure for the Academy. From work in progress, Ship’s Heart (NaNo 2015).