|Rating||Mild Drug References|
|Publication date||May 22, 2011|
(Continuing from Albatross) Sandoval is dressed in mourning garb, when he is informed by a servant that Ivan is not really dead, but actually in a state of magical sleep. Sandoval runs to the infirmary and tries to rectify the situation by attempting to smother the comatose Ivan with a pillow. The ambassador's funeral drugs take effect however, and he is reduced to a blubbering mass of grief before he can complete the deed.
- "Tears on my pillow. Somebody sew this up."
- "We don't normally do funerals for apprentices. Usually we just sweep up."
- "Quivering and lachrymose"
- "As a body fluid, tears don't get much of a run in porn."
Sandoval's funeral hat contains a bundle of sticks. This might be intended as "mourning wood" (a pun on "morning wood"). Another name for a bundle of sticks used to light a fire is the old English word "Faggot". Given Sandoval's orientation, this might also be relevant.