By Charles Stross
A brief tale set within the "Freyaverse", among "Saturn's Children" and "Neptune's Brood". initially released as a part of the "Engineering Infinity" anthology in 2011.
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Not surprising. ” Sam asked. “Adelise Molyneux. The wife of Demont Molyneux, the administrator of Sainte Marie from 1685 to 1701. ” “Quite a gesture,” Remi said. “The coins were supposed to represent the number of years Demont hoped they would spend together before dying. They came close. ” Sam asked. “Here’s where truth gets mixed up with legend,” Selma replied. ” “English pirate,” Sam said. “Right. Spent most of his time in the Indian Ocean and Red Sea. Started as a gunner aboard the Pelican around 1696, then aboard the Dolphin.
Hadn’t his entire cabinet done the same? Hadn’t Garza renamed his own children in the Nahuatl tongue? And more: Literature and images of Spain’s conquest of Mexico were slowly being weeded from school curricula; street and plaza names had been changed in favor of Nahuatl words; schools now taught courses in Nahuatl and the true history of the Mexica people; religious holidays and traditional Mexica festivals were celebrated several times a year. But still, all the polling showed that the Mexican people saw all of it as novelties—excuses to miss work or drink or misbehave in the streets.
It was a tenuous tightrope on which they tread. If they reached the far side, they may have a significant historical find on their hands, but on either side of the tightrope were laws that could lead to, at best, having the find snatched away, or, at worst, criminal charges. ” Trinkets such as Remi’s diamond-shaped coin were fine; a ship’s bell was a wholly different matter. None of this was new to the Fargos. Together and alone, privately and professionally, Sam and Remi had been hunting for treasure, artifacts, and hidden history for most of their adult lives.