"Flesh&Blood" Vol. 10 - Pirate Series Reading Club 🏴‍☠ ⛵

You were right - it was the Hoe where she started the timeslip: 「ホーの丘で野宿していて……つぎに目覚めたときは、もうこっちだった。
Kaito then asks for more details:
「プリマスに住んでいたんですか?」
「いいえ。生まれも育ちもレディングよ」
「ホーの丘に来たのはいつ?」
「一九七〇年の九月よ。ドアーズとジミ・ヘンドリックスを見るためにワイト島ポップ・フェスティヴァルに行って、そこで意気投合した男の子としばらく南部をふらついていたの。彼のおんぼろトライアンフに乗ってね」

Ok so it seems like we both remembered half of the story, just somewhat different halves :joy_cat:
But this explains why the Plymouth library would know about that.

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Thank you for looking that all up! It clears up matters nicely. :smiley:

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So before I start my thoughts on the next chapter, I wanted to check in to see if we’ve catalogued this resource yet: it appears to be a Japanese fan wiki of F&B people and places!

Chapter 4

So onto the chapter! We’re back with Kaito, and it’s the beginning of court. I have to say, I was fairly impressed with Raul’s handling of things so far, despite how ominous he feels from Kaito’s POV. He’s able to successfully argue that Kaito’s an unbaptized slave (since his mother was one) with political importance, which trashes most of カサージャ’s case against him. Only most, however. We still need to cover the charges of witchcraft, which…I have a feeling may not go so smoothly, especially if they manage to pull Escobar into the witness stand. :\

Our presiding judge is Gaspar de Quiroga y Vela, a Cardinal who’s apparently here because the Inquisition trial is dealing with someone living in the palace. The main driver behind the trial, however, appears to be ペドロ・デ・サラテ. Closest I’ve found for him is Pedro Ortiz de Zarate, though the dates don’t match up.

We’ll be taking a break before the next session to allow time for カサージャ to appear for questioning, and Raul manages to get Kaito permission to sleep in his own room rather than the jail cell. Kaito of course blurts something out while pretending not to understand the Spanish between Vicente and Raul. :person_facepalming: Please, Kaito. Granted, he’s probably exhausted from all that’s gone on recently, so I can’t be too hard on him. I really hope Raul doesn’t have as bad intentions as Kaito keeps thinking…

We also get another cute scene with Kaito and Vicente, with Kaito requesting something to wipe down with and food. I noticed 松岡先生 mentioned here a Spanish fear of bathing in hot water, which I’m pretty sure was also a thing with the English at that time, despite not being mentioned earlier. Is my research incomplete? Was hers? All it really comes down to is Vicente’s going to have to wait a bit before he gets a bath scene with Kaito. :stuck_out_tongue: Kaito also gets to practice a bit of his Spanish. :melting_face:

And we end with Kaito yet again reflecting on his relationship with Vicente. It’s becoming harder and harder to remind himself that Vicente’s an enemy, and we seem to have moved into the “he only likes me for my prophetic abilities” stage, which is a good sign. I don’t know if Kaito ever really consciously crossed that hurdle with G&N, thinking about it; it kind of felt like he was hoping they’d all just forget about it, haha. Seems like the other big blocker with Vicente is that Kaito’s really not a fan of feeling completely dependent on someone, and it’s going to be really hard to change that status quo while he remains at the Spanish court.

(Ch 4 spoilers)

It’s amazing what having a lawyer will do for you, huh? It’s definitely a marked contrast to his trial at Elizabeth’s court.

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Chapter 4 thoughts

Raul is clearly skilled at what he does as he leads the inquisition toward his interpretation of Kaito and his importance for the Spanish court/king.

in the intermission, Kaito has to remind himself that Vincente is the enemy, with increasingly lacking belief as I take it - he’s clearly doing what he can for Kaito, supporting him. Kaito simply can’t continue to hate someone like that, who’s showing him true kindness.

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From what little I read up about the inquisition, you really didn’t get a lawyer. ^^; But, I’m glad we get a very different trial this time round. :slight_smile:

That’s a good point. Kaito really doesn’t have any agency of his own right now. He’s completely under the thumb of the people around him, including Vincente. So, that’s not ideal, for sure. :eyes:

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Did I dream there was also a wish not got nakid around other peeps (during bath time)? I read this part sloppily, so yeah. ^^;

No, I don’t think Kaito mentioned that here.

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Yeah, I mostly read and understood the negative attitude toward baths, but might have just added my own wild interpretation there! XD

Thanks for the clarification!

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Chapter 5

So most of this chapter is King Philip II relating a story from Vicente’s past to Raul, which…I wasn’t very interested in? I don’t know, it felt kind of out of place. Maybe 松岡先生 was trying to give more depth to Vicente as a character, but I wasn’t really feeling it. It didn’t really add anything new to his character, other than maybe reaffirming his Spanish heartthrob status.

The really interesting stuff comes at the very end, where Raul confirms that Walsingham has sent out the kill order for Kaito. I wonder if the queen approved it, or if he’s just acting early. It apparently has the effect of finally convincing Philip II that Kaito’s the real deal, hence his interference in the Inquisition trial. Was that intended on Walsingham’s part? I wasn’t quite sure there.

And the chapter ends with a bang: Kaito has been successfully poisoned! This was one of those where I was mad I was so tired at that point, haha. I kept reading the chapter thinking, “I’ll just get through this, it’s pretty boring, and pick it up tomorrow”, and then to end on that note… :angry:

Took a peek at chapter 6 to see where we picked up, and it looks like it’s right after Kaito is dropped off at his room. So we should be able to get the full blow-by-blow, as it were!

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Chapter 5:

This is the thing in the church, right? Just keep reading :blush: It becomes a bit more relevant further down the book, and I can imagine it might become much more relevant at some point in the future, but that’s just my speculation…

Yes, that escalated pretty quickly! I had expected the assassin to take a bit longer to set up things and stuff, but no, he did not waste any time…

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(Ch5)
Ah, excellent. I’ll keep the backstory in mind, then!

(Ch5)

:moneybag: :moneybag: :moneybag: Can’t get paid until you do the job, right?

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Liking beforehand…I’m still ch 5 ongoing! XD

I agree. it didn’t add all that much, but the ending was pretty interesting. Knowing a bit more about Raul felt needed at this point and how he makes Jan work for him and Spain, even though he’s described as seeing Spain as the enemy. :eyes: And, as expected Walshingham wants Kaito dead. I was not expecting things to escalate that quickly though! O_O

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Chapter 6 thoughts!

Chapter 6 turns back time a bit, to the events before the poisoning.

Kaito is very introspective in this chapter, up to the point of eating the poisoned soup! O_O Also, we get a “romantic” ?? resuscitation scene of Vincente blowing air into Kaito’s lungs. :lips: thankfully it works!

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Chapter 7 thoughts

Kaito is finally awake again with Vincente nursing him back to health. Vincente now has time to think about how he basically kissed Kaito when trying to save him. :eyes: Kaito has clearly cast a spell on him with his charms! XD

Also, they haven’t caught the culprit yet. Sadly, Leo get interrogated since he was the one to carry the food to Kaito. :C Also, having someone after his life, means Kaito is now being locked up also for protection, not just to stop him from fleeing.

Kaito reflects on how reliant he’s become on Vicente, even if he’s the one that kidnapped him in the first place. Queue: Stockholm syndrome!

We learn more about the spy-thriller setting of the Spanish court. And Raul tells a bit about his motivations as a spy - which makes him seems even less reliable as an ally! :joy: Still, Vincente doesn’t have much choice in hoping Raul’s self-serving interest in Kaito means he’ll keep Kaito safe from the church’s claws. ^^;

I like this setting a lot! I’m all for this sort of intrigue and as much as I don’t like Raul, I do find his character to be a great addition to the story! :grin: Lot of stuff that can happen with someone like that thrown into the mix!

Well, as hinted at in last chapter? Vincente is being called away to meet Maria and leaving Kaito alone. :eyes: So, I sense a lot can happen now, not all of it good without Vincente there to guard over him!

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Chapter 8 thoughts

Me checking the facts about Maria, from the Wiki article kindly posted by @NicoleRauch <3

Maria and Maximilian had sixteen children of whom only five were still alive at the time of her death:

How she ever survived all of that, is beyond crazy! O_O!!!

Anyway, Vincente is visiting Maria in Madrid and they’re discussing the ongoing inquisition trial for Kaito. Vincente is also proving popular with the ladies. :joy: He doesn’t seem to care about that though. :eyes: And he doesn’t seem all that taken with Isabella, who’s described as a real beauty, and who is going hard with the flirtatious commentary! :joy:

New expression: 縁の眼 えにしのめ? or should it be like in 緑眼 りょくがん ? = green eyes or just みどりのめ?

Chapter 9 thoughts

We’re back at the trial. I didn’t think Vincente would be there to see part 2, with him traveling away, but i guess, it was just a short distance by horseback? I need to check the maps clearly.

Well, next accusation is about the use of a curse. Raul bring up that this accusation is based on a personal grudge due to how Gloria attacked the stole the goods of…he’s like the cousin of the captain of that ship? well, enter all 3 grudge witnesses to the stand!

Things seems to go alright, but Raul accuses Escobar of sleeping with men as part of making him into an unreliable witness. And as Escobar is escorted out of the room, he levels a new accusation on Kaito, that he knows he slept in the captain’s cabin on Vincente’s ship. Which gives time for that ??? ship captain to chime in with an account of Kaito also sleeping with Jeoffrey on Gloria. it’s out of the ashes, into the fire for Kaito sadly! :grimacing:

And no, I did not read the end of this chapter, because it was bad enough the first time I listened to the following scenes. :sob:

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Chapter 10 thoughts

Switching the POV to Jeoffrey now and he’s hoping to get in contact with Drake’s spy :snake: and well, it’s not going well. So, he’s forced to wait. reflecting on his relationship with Kaito, he realize how much he’s changed to accommodate Kaito.

Well, Kid is coming in handy as a party-member, he’s overheard about the ruckus of Kaito’s inquisition trial, but knows he’s been acquitted. So, he’s safe for now. And finally, the snake makes it’s appearance! :eyes:

I’m not sure where and how I got things mixed up, but I thought Raul did work for both Walshingham and Draka and that he was in fact both the scorpion and the snake. But, apparently not as this guy Miguel snows up as their contact, helping them catch up to the events so far for Kaito. They also learn about Raul and his role during the trial.

But the most important thing they learn is that Kaito is being moved to a “safer” location. There lies their chance to take him back! dun dun dun

Some important facts about the place where Kaito is being taken, it’s clearly a place with a history echoing the one in this story! :eyes:

Well, the volume ended on a positive note, thankfully, with Jeoffrey & Co finally making their way to Pastrana where Kaito is presumably held.

Lol apparently, I’ve done my magic trick too many times and now I don’t have any more edits to use on posts! XD I guess I’ll have to wait 10 hours to do my final post. ^^;

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Finished the volume this past weekend myself; it’s gonna take some time to cover all the stuff, plus I want to go through @NicoleRauch and @ekg’s posts, but just dropping a note here first. (Plus so ekg can post again, haha.)

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Thank you so much, but I’m fine now. I haven’t really read all Nicole’s comments toward the end either yet, as I just pushed on. So, there’s still some chatting for sure we need to do! ^^

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