And, yesterday, a writing buddy commented that she couldn't cut the seemingly excess object because it was a set up for a future book.
So, yes, I do set up books in the future, and sometimes I add bits that may be a little extraneous at the time. That doesn't mean that every detail I add is a set up, or that I remember them all, or that when I get to the books, the set up entirely works and I have to finesse around it -- since I'm a pantzer, writing by the seat of my pants.
I think the last big set up scene (which also worked withing Heart Search), was the Salvage Ball, as I'm sure most of you noted. And yes, there was a pretty big thread in the novella Noble Heart...and in upcoming Heart Secret, I have a stray Fam who will be a major Fam in another book.
So, naturally, when I see stuff in others' works, I wonder about it, and it makes me smile.
Merry meet and merry part and merry meet again,