What Makes Us Human

The third Mara and Esher Hill story. What Makes Us Human takes place five months after The Sorcerous Compendium of Postmortem Query and a little over two years before Love is the Reckoning.

Moll of Sirenne needs prompts in their girdle book to navigate casual conversations, struggles to master facial expressions and feels safest weeding the monastery’s vegetable gardens. Following their call to service, however, means offering wanderers in need a priest’s support and guidance. A life free of social expectation to court, wed and befriend does outweigh their fear of causing harm—until forgetting the date of a holiday provokes a guest’s ire and three cutting words: lifeless and loveless.

A priest must expand a guest’s sense of human worth, but what do they do when their own comes under question? Can an autistic, aromantic priest ever expect to serve outside the garden? And what day is it…?

Contains: A middle-aged, agender priest set on defying social norms around love; an alloromantic guest with a journey to undergo in conquering her amatonormativity and ableism; and an elderly aromantic priest providing irascible reassurance; and the story of how Moll became Esher’s guiding priest.

Links: Patreon (Part One, Part Two) | WordPress

Length: 8, 062 words / 32 PDF pages.

Complete Mara and Esher Reading Order: The Sorcerous Compendium of Postmortem Query | The Mundane Progression of Premortem Colloquy | What Makes Us Human | Love Spells, Rainbows and Rosie* | Love is the Reckoning | A Quest of Spheres and Phalanges | Absence of Language

* Bonus side stories or Patreon exclusives.