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* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: [[spoiler:A 17-year-old boy abandoning his family and running away to a foreign country marry a man he’s known for 10 days, is the better option than staying. Thought it could also be framed more conventionally--if you come from a homophobic culture, there are other places in the world, and you could go there and be very happy with your lover.]]

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*FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: [[spoiler:A 17-year-old boy abandoning his family and running away to a foreign country marry a man he’s known for 10 days, is the better option than staying. Thought it could also be framed more conventionally--if you come from a homophobic culture, there are other places in the world, and you could go there and be very happy with your lover.]]


** On the third day, Aqib calls Lucrio “mi mellite,” meaning “my honey,” in yet another allusion to the title.
** On the tenth day, Lucrio leaves calling, "Ego te amo," meaning, "I love you."

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** On the third day, Aqib calls Lucrio “mi mellite,” ''"mi mellite,"'' meaning “my honey,” "my honey," in yet another allusion to the title.
** On the tenth day, Lucrio leaves calling, "Ego ''"Ego te amo," amo,"'' meaning, "I love you."



* DontCallMeSir: Perfecta asks Aqib to not think of the Ashëans as gods, but rather as either plain Ashëans or 'children of the Tower Ashê', as they are not gods, but only their descendants.

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* DontCallMeSir: Perfecta asks Aqib to not think of the Ashëans as gods, but rather as either plain Ashëans or 'children "children of the Tower Ashê', Ashê," as they are not gods, but only their descendants.



## Part One: Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer

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## ** Part One: Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer



## Part Two: Joseph Brodsky

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## ** Part Two: Joseph Brodsky



## Part Three: Zora Neale Hurston

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## ** Part Three: Zora Neale Hurston



* {{Technobabble}}: Adónane and Perfecta, upon meeting Femysade, immediately launch into what Aqib calls 'women's business' -- namely mathematical and physics technobabble, throwing around phrases like 'fatidic notation', 'models of earthbound singularities', 'quantum measurement' and 'telekinetic watcher'.

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* {{Technobabble}}: Adónane and Perfecta, upon meeting Femysade, immediately launch into what Aqib calls 'women's business' "women's business" -- namely mathematical and physics technobabble, throwing around phrases like 'fatidic notation', 'models "fatidic notation," "models of earthbound singularities', 'quantum measurement' singularities," "quantum measurement" and 'telekinetic watcher'."telekinetic watcher."



* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Lucretia and -- to Aqib's surprise -- her best friend Enghélasade. Lucretia is the OutdoorsyGal who spends any free minute outside, at the Menagerie or out hunting with the prince, and Enghélasade is a second-order cousin who spends her time inside with 'women's business', that is mathematics and linguistics, and sports an impressive amount of expensive dresses and jewellry.

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* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Lucretia and -- to Aqib's surprise -- her best friend Enghélasade. Lucretia is the OutdoorsyGal who spends any free minute outside, at the Menagerie or out hunting with the prince, and Enghélasade is a second-order cousin who spends her time inside with 'women's business', "women's business," that is mathematics and linguistics, and sports an impressive amount of expensive dresses and jewellry.


* DoubleMeaningTitle: Honey, being a sticky liquid, is often associated with eroticism, with 'a taste of honey' implying a short, sweet moment of pleasure, just as the short time Aqib and Lucrio can share their love in the story. A taste of honey in the literal sense is also what the Sybil demands of Aqib in the end as payment for her service. [[spoiler:He has to smear his hand in honey and let her gnaw it off. The hand, not just the honey.]]

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* DoubleMeaningTitle: Honey, being a sticky liquid, is often associated with eroticism, with 'a "a taste of honey' honey" implying a short, sweet moment of pleasure, just as the short time Aqib and Lucrio can share their love in the story. A taste of honey in the literal sense is also what [[spoiler:what the Sybil demands of Aqib in the end as payment for her service. [[spoiler:He He has to smear his hand in honey and let her gnaw it off. The hand, not just the honey.]] Although that too.]]
* {{Epigraph}}: Three of them, one for each part.
## Part One: Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer
--->''The little dark songbirds will come again;\\
though not exactly those that paused in flight,\\
captivated by your beauty and my happiness,\\
and learned both our names—those\\
shall never come again.''
## Part Two: Joseph Brodsky
--->''Therefore she understood that, more or less, no one is guilty. Or more precisely, that the guilty exist, but that they are also human beings, just like their victims.''
## Part Three: Zora Neale Hurston
--->''Dey would fight yuh all night long and next day nobody couldn’t tell you ever hit ’em. Dat’s de reason Ah done quit beatin’ mah woman. You can’t make no mark on ’em at all. Lawd! wouldn’t Ah love tuh whip uh tender woman…''


-->'''Lucrio:''' [[spoiler:I mean, you keep saying how wonderful your papa is. But can you tell me why, all the years of your life, the Corporal’s just been whaling on you, but your papa never knew, and never stopped it? Or does Master Sadiqi know just fine, Aqib? Does he want you thinking, "Oh, Papa’s the gentle one. Papa’s the one who’s nice to me." But also he likes the Corporal doing all the dirty work, every mean thing. The breaking, the beating, the cruelness. That’s what I think. That Master Sadiqi’s as bad and worse than the Corporal, Aqib. Full of games and tricks!]]

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-->'''Lucrio:''' [[spoiler:I I mean, you keep saying how wonderful your papa is. But can you tell me why, all the years of your life, the Corporal’s just been whaling on you, but your papa never knew, and never stopped it? Or does Master Sadiqi know just fine, Aqib? Does he want you thinking, "Oh, Papa’s the gentle one. Papa’s the one who’s nice to me." But also he likes the Corporal doing all the dirty work, every mean thing. The breaking, the beating, the cruelness. That’s what I think. That Master Sadiqi’s as bad and worse than the Corporal, Aqib. Full of games and tricks!]]tricks!



* RedStringOfFate: [[spoiler:After his ex died, Lucrio went to the Sybil asking where he might find love again. She told him.]]
-->'''The Sybil:''' [[spoiler:Across the sea, in Olorum. You’ll glimpse him by moonlight walking not alone, and you’ll know, and yet also doubt. Maybe doubt so much that he pass you by forever.]]

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* RedStringOfFate: [[spoiler:After After his ex died, Lucrio went to the Sybil asking where he might find love again. She told him.]]
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-->'''The Sybil:''' [[spoiler:Across Across the sea, in Olorum. You’ll glimpse him by moonlight walking not alone, and you’ll know, and yet also doubt. Maybe doubt so much that he pass you by forever.]]


It tells the love story of Aqib bgm Sadiqi, the youngest son of the Master of Beasts and the Hunt from [[InsistentTerminology Great Olorum, City and Nation]], and the Daluçan soldier Lucrio Cordius de Besberibus, who is in Olorum as part of an embassy mission between their two nations. Neither Aqib's father nor his brother are too keen on him engaging in what is known as the sin of Daluz, especially as Aqib is set to inherit his father's title and the Menagerie thanks to his affinity to animals, but Aqib is head over heels in love with Lucrio. While their respective nobles and gods negotiate treaties, Aqib and Lucrio do their best to forget that the embassy is bound to depart homeward within ten days.

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It tells the love story of Aqib bgm Sadiqi, the youngest son of the Master of Beasts and the Hunt from [[InsistentTerminology Great Olorum, City and Nation]], and the Daluçan soldier Lucrio Cordius de Besberibus, who is in Olorum as part of an embassy mission between their two nations. Neither Aqib's father nor his brother are too keen on him engaging in what is known as the sin of Daluz, especially as Aqib is set to inherit his father's title and the Menagerie thanks to his affinity to animals, but Aqib is head over heels in love with Lucrio. While their respective nobles and gods negotiate treaties, Aqib and Lucrio do their best to forget that the embassy is bound to depart homeward within ten days.


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**On the third day, Aqib calls Lucrio “mi mellite,” meaning “my honey,” in yet another allusion to the title.
**On the tenth day, Lucrio leaves calling, "Ego te amo," meaning, "I love you."

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*RedStringOfFate: [[spoiler:After his ex died, Lucrio went to the Sybil asking where he might find love again. She told him.]]
-->'''The Sybil:''' [[spoiler:Across the sea, in Olorum. You’ll glimpse him by moonlight walking not alone, and you’ll know, and yet also doubt. Maybe doubt so much that he pass you by forever.]]


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-->'''Aqib:''' I am the dream but so is he. He is real but so am I.


-->'''Lucrio:''' I mean, you keep saying how wonderful your papa is. But can you tell me why, all the years of your life, the Corporal’s just been whaling on you, but your papa never knew, and never stopped it? Or does Master Sadiqi know just fine, Aqib? Does he want you thinking, "Oh, Papa’s the gentle one. Papa’s the one who’s nice to me." But also he likes the Corporal doing all the dirty work, every mean thing. The breaking, the beating, the cruelness. That’s what I think. That Master Sadiqi’s as bad and worse than the Corporal, Aqib. Full of games and tricks!

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-->'''Lucrio:''' I [[spoiler:I mean, you keep saying how wonderful your papa is. But can you tell me why, all the years of your life, the Corporal’s just been whaling on you, but your papa never knew, and never stopped it? Or does Master Sadiqi know just fine, Aqib? Does he want you thinking, "Oh, Papa’s the gentle one. Papa’s the one who’s nice to me." But also he likes the Corporal doing all the dirty work, every mean thing. The breaking, the beating, the cruelness. That’s what I think. That Master Sadiqi’s as bad and worse than the Corporal, Aqib. Full of games and tricks!tricks!]]



* BilingualBonus: At one point, Aqib recites a bit of Daluçan poetry to Lucrio (which, like all the Daluçan in the story, is rendered as Latin). He admits that he doesn't know what it means, only having guessed its relevance to a relationship like theirs from the reaction it got when he first heard it. The translation is not given.
-->''Ego tibi fututrix. Volo crisare et cevere; tu me pedicare et irrumare vis?''

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* BilingualBonus: At The Daluçan language is rendered in Latin. Bits and pieces of it are mixed throughout the dialogue. No translation is ever given.
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one point, Aqib recites a bit of Daluçan poetry to Lucrio (which, like all the Daluçan in the story, is rendered as Latin). Lucrio. He admits that he doesn't know what it means, only having guessed its relevance to a relationship like theirs from the reaction it got when he first heard it. The translation is not given.
-->''Ego
it.
--->''Ego
tibi fututrix. Volo crisare et cevere; tu me pedicare et irrumare vis?''


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*FourthDateMarriage: Lucrio is ready to effectively marry Aqib after 10 days.

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-->'''Lucrio:''' I mean, you keep saying how wonderful your papa is. But can you tell me why, all the years of your life, the Corporal’s just been whaling on you, but your papa never knew, and never stopped it? Or does Master Sadiqi know just fine, Aqib? Does he want you thinking, "Oh, Papa’s the gentle one. Papa’s the one who’s nice to me." But also he likes the Corporal doing all the dirty work, every mean thing. The breaking, the beating, the cruelness. That’s what I think. That Master Sadiqi’s as bad and worse than the Corporal, Aqib. Full of games and tricks!


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-->''Ego tibi fututrix. Volo crisare et cevere; tu me pedicare et irrumare vis?''


''A Taste of Honey'', published in 2016, is a novella by American author Kai Ashante Wilson. It is a ScienceFantasy story set in a fantasy equivalent of AncientAfrica.

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''A Taste of Honey'', published in 2016, is a novella by American author Kai Ashante Wilson.Creator/KaiAshanteWilson. It is a ScienceFantasy story set in a fantasy equivalent of AncientAfrica.


* SchrodingersButterfly: [[spoiler:At the end, after allowing Aqib to dream of the life he would have lived if he'd made the other decision, the Sybil attempts to mindgame him by suggesting that ''that'' was reality and ''this'' is the dream. He manages to find a way out of the conundrum, to her disappointment.]]

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* SchrodingersButterfly: [[spoiler:At At the end, after [[spoiler:after allowing Aqib to dream of the life he would have lived if he'd made the other decision, the Sybil attempts to mindgame him by suggesting that ''that'' was reality and ''this'' is the dream. dream.]] He manages to find a way out of the conundrum, to her disappointment.]]



** Femysade, also distantly related with the Ashëans, turns out to be their prophesized scientific savant and her smidgen of divine blood allows her to use their gadgets.

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** Femysade, also distantly related with to the Ashëans, turns out to be their prophesized scientific savant and her smidgen of divine blood allows her to use their gadgets.


* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Femysade and Aqib. Femysade is taller and stronger than Aqib, has a no-nonsense attitude and spends her time studying mathematics and physics, while Aqib is -- and remains for all his life -- a slight, rather weak boy who prefers to avoid conflict and work with animals. Femysade expressly chooses him as her husband because WeaknessTurnsHerOn but later leaves Aqib and their daughter behind to pursue her scientific interests, while Aqib stays behind and takes care of Lucretia. Also, during prayer dances, everyone prefers his performance ''because'' it's more feminine -- and submissive -- than those of more skilled dancers.

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* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Femysade and Aqib. Femysade is taller and stronger than Aqib, has a no-nonsense attitude and spends her time studying mathematics and physics, while Aqib is -- and remains for all his life -- a slight, rather weak boy who prefers to avoid conflict and to work with animals. Femysade expressly chooses him as her husband because WeaknessTurnsHerOn but later leaves Aqib and their daughter behind to pursue her scientific interests, while Aqib stays behind and takes care of Lucretia. Also, during prayer dances, everyone prefers his performance ''because'' it's more feminine -- and submissive -- than those of more skilled dancers.


It tells the love story of Aqib bgm Sadiqi, the youngest son of the Master of Beasts and the Hunt from [[InsistentTerminology Great Olorum, City and Nation]], and the Daluçan soldier Lucrio Cordius de Besberibus, who is in Olorum as part of an embassy mission between their two nations. Neither Aqib's father not his brother are too keen on him engaging in what is known as the sin of Daluz, especially as Aqib is set to inherit his father's title and the Menagerie thanks to his affinity to animals, but Aqib is head over heels in love with Lucrio. While their respective nobles and gods negotiate treaties, Aqib and Lucrio do their best to forget that the embassy is bound to depart homeward within ten days.

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It tells the love story of Aqib bgm Sadiqi, the youngest son of the Master of Beasts and the Hunt from [[InsistentTerminology Great Olorum, City and Nation]], and the Daluçan soldier Lucrio Cordius de Besberibus, who is in Olorum as part of an embassy mission between their two nations. Neither Aqib's father not nor his brother are too keen on him engaging in what is known as the sin of Daluz, especially as Aqib is set to inherit his father's title and the Menagerie thanks to his affinity to animals, but Aqib is head over heels in love with Lucrio. While their respective nobles and gods negotiate treaties, Aqib and Lucrio do their best to forget that the embassy is bound to depart homeward within ten days.

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* ForegoneConclusion: Due to the AnachronicOrder, the story skips straight from Lucrio introducing himself to Aqib to Lucrio's departure from Olorum ten days later; thus, although the telling of the intervening ten days carries on throughout the book, the reader knows that Aqib will not accept Lucrio's invitation to go with him. [[spoiler:Subverted at the end, where it turns out that Aqib did accept Lucrio's invitation, and the plot strand that follows Aqib's life after choosing to stay in Olorum is a vision of what might have happened if he hadn't.]]

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* InnerMonologueConversation: The visiting Ashëans repeatedly respond to Aqib's thoughts as if he had spoken them aloud.

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