Yeah, I got the distinct feel that it was just too damn hard to write Aral's death the way she did Piotr's or Bothari's, as in, as a part of the plot where she had to really get into the immediate aftermath. (Or even Miles' death, which was absolutely AMAZING, and scared the crap out of me because I hadn't yet looked at any of the subsequent books when I read Mirror Dance so I could actually believe he might BE dead or horribly disabled.) I've heard that Bujold lost her father a few years ago, and since she has mentioned several times that Miles' relationship with Aral is strongly based on her relationship with her dad I wouldn't be surprised if it was just too hard right now.
But then, like Shakatany and Mary, I need to see more for the drabbles to work for me; if there's another Miles book (or yes, a Cordelia book! bring back Cordelia as POV character!) SOON that deals with everything I may make Cryoburn one of my favorites of the series for the way it weaves the theme of mortality so thoroughly into its framework; but if there never is (which I find horrifyingly possible given that there isn't one under contract and I can't find any evidence of Bujold talking about working on one -- or even being open to the possibility of working on one) I think I'd be left wishing the series had just ended with A Civil Campaign so it could end on the traditional comedy note of a wedding.
And I third wanting a short story about Taura's death! That may be up to half the reason I felt a little cheated by Cryoburn! Bujold has been telegraphing her death since her very first appearance, and to have it dealt with offscreen -- and only thought about by Roic, who liked Taura but didn't have anywhere near the depth of the relationship Miles had with her -- was heartbreaking! And not in a cathartic good way!
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