I’ve been thinking about your hands lately. And they’re not particularly beautiful, but for some reason I still find myself fighting the urge to let my gaze run over them.
—  You’re beautiful to me. 🖤

Is Whelk actually right about this? Is Noah only ever accidentally funny? I’m gonna have to pay better attention. “That’s as warm as they get”

Also, speaking of that: HOW was Noah’s twist any kind of surprise to me the first time I read this book?? It’s not like the foreshadowing is particularly subtle??????

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some friendly axolotl people. They eat bland, soft foods, wear minimal but colorful clothes, and like pom-pom “jewelry” because it’s gentle against their delicate skin. They have lungs, but if they have to spend too much time away from water (like to go to a town farther inland), they wear wet veils over their heads to keep their gills damp longer.

The club is made from strong wood and shark teeth, and can be swung with one or two paws. These axolotl people are friendly, but they’re not pushovers.