- Quentin having to give up his first love in order to allow her to live a sane and peaceful life after what Blind Michael did to her.
- And in One Salt Sea: Toby having to give her daughter Gillian the Changeling's Choice, and because of past history, which choice Gillian makes.
- "In Sea Salt Tears": Liz finally getting the opportunity to get a skin and go from kin to true selkie — but at the cost of her lover who turns out to have been the Luidaeg.
- Re-reading An Artificial Night in the light of One Salt Sea - the Luidaeg telling Toby to get rid of the children, claiming she can't stand kids
Tear Jerker / October Daye
Some of the more tear-inducing moments from the October Daye series include: