Y'know, I bet new year’s celebrations felt a little… off for the ipre members who forgot. It doesn’t even need to be on the same day as the usual resets; just the concept of “new year new me!” type stuff would resonate weirdly with them.
Raven’s Roost has a big festival for candlenights, and part of it overlaps with new year’s. Magnus has fun making resolutions for next year. He stays up with Julia, but he keeps feeling like something’s going to go wrong. He needs to go somewhere, but the only place to be is home. He won’t let Julia out of his sight for hours until the moment passes.
Merle stares out at the beach from the porch. New years celebrations aren’t big in this area, but he heard about it and he can’t get it off his mind. He keeps checking on the kids, inadvertently waking them up more than once. But there are more stars tonight than he feels there should be, and it’s reassuring.
Taako does a special show for new years, and it’s great. He does a fantastic job of disguising that he’s feeling oddly detached– you know, in that way where he really, really needs to Not Care about something. But it’s chill. It’s totally chill, he keeps telling himself, and getting chills. It’s a cold night to be out.
And bells ring in the distance to signal when it happens. Magnus grins at his wife, suddenly feeling especially grateful for her staying here with him. Merle opens his tightly shut eyes, and feels strange when they open to the exact same dark night. Taako catches food in his frying pan, an impressive feat after nearly sending it out of sight at the sudden bell.
And three people breathe sighs of relief all at once.