Oh my god. This is probably one of the most beautiful pieces of writing I've read on this site. Seriously, it's incredible. This makes me want to go write something now...
Author's Response: Thanks so much -- I'm very moved by your review. i'm beginning the fifth story in this series.
Beautiful and atmospheric.
Author's Response: Thank you. I'm working on the third in the series now, and there's a faint glimmer of a fourth story if it pans out.