arabesque patterns

Thieves Among Us (3/5)

Let Jon have his armies and his devoted wildlings and the love of their people, she thinks. Let him have his dragon queen. She’s in possession of a secret, tragic as it may be, but at least it’s entirely her own. For Sansa, that’s more than enough. It has to be. Rated M; inspired by content from S7. Previous chapters can be found here.


Sansa’s eyes dawned with realization while she stared back at him, her face a kaleidoscope of surprise and panic that burst wide open before swallowing itself up again as she recovered from his unexpected appearance.  

“Hello, Jon,” she greeted evenly. Sansa may have had the sense to speak first, but her tone was distant—as distant as it had been when she’d spoken to him on the rampart. It was like she had thrown ice water over him, jolting him out of his dazed bewilderment. The fact that she sounded so casual, as if her presence wasn’t anything strange to ponder over whatsoever, only set him off the edge just a little further.

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The House of Ministries on Lenin Square, Tashkent, Uzbek SSR by Boris Mezentsev, Aleksander Yakushev, B. Zaritsky, Yevgeny Rozanov, Leon Adamov, and Yu. Korostelev [1970]. The building combines traditional Central Asian styles [Islamic screens and arabesque patterns in turquoise] with Soviet modernism, manifesting the union between the Socialist Republics and their ethnic differences, reminding them that they actively compose the USSR and are not simply passively being subject to Moscow.