To Dream of Daring & From the Branch to the Earth
|Title:||To Dream of Daring & From the Branch to the Earth|
|Publisher:||Teal Bee: A Lothlorien Enterprise|
|Fandom:||Beauty and the Beast|
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The cover is by Kristy Effinger.
A pair of novelettes recounting Vincent's two meetings with Caitlin, an ethereal, doomed young woman. In the first, she has escaped from an evil man who has kept her as his mistress. She fears this man's retaliation against anyone who helps or shelters her. There are echoes of both Gabriel and Robert Browning's 'My Last Duchess.' This happens during 2nd season; Catherine controls her jealousy at discovering Vincent has formed a two-way bond with Caitlin. The subsequent story is set four years later; Jacob is two. Caitlin has become ill, and it is nearly more than Vincent can bear. Diana, like Catherine in the first story, appears briefly but doesn't influence the action. The focus is on Vincent and Caitlin. No real romance here - the subject is confronting death and pain with courage, steadfastness and joy.