The Dream Archipelago Week 5: The Miraculous Cairn pt 1
- We meet Lenden Cross, a native of Jethra who has been away a long time teaching, now returned. Lenden is intending to visit Seevl. We later learn that this is to put the affairs of an Uncle Tom in order.
- Because Faiandland is at war, Lenden must obtain permission to travel and is told to report to the police station. There Lenden is met by a female constable named Sarjeant Bella Reeth, a young and attractive woman. She tells Lenden that she is to be the escort on the trip to Seevl. Lenden doesn't think one is needed, but the decision has already been made.
- They drive through Seevl, a place largely cleared out of people (the government has been relocated) due to the war and a bombing.
- Reeth takes them to the Grand Shore Hotel, where rooms have been booked - presumably at the government's expense. The hotel is also empty. They are the only guests.
- Having nothing to do, Lenden invites Reeth head to the bar for a drink, and exchange a little information.
- Meanwhile, we learn of Lenden's previous relationship with the island. Aunt Alvie and Uncle Tom lived here, and when Alvie turned sick, the whole family visited regularly. These were boring trips for Lenden, who really had nothing to do but be around old and sick people. There was a cousin, Seraphina, who spent time with her, but Lenden didn't seem to be able to make any connection with her.
- After drinks and dinner, they return to their rooms. A little while later, Reeth (now to be called Bella) knocks on the door and asks if she can use a plug in the room for the hairdryer. There is some sensual tension between the two, what with the crawling on the carpet for the plug and nothing but a towel between the two.
- In the end, Bella propositions Lenden, who declines and isn't sure why. Bella returns to her room.
- Lenden reveals a personal conflict between sexual attraction and repulsion ever since those times spent with cousin Seri.
- You may recall that Seevl is the island of vampiric towers. The towers and the mood of the place are mentioned only so far in passing here.
- There is some similarity between the circumstances of this story and the other set on Seevl - both feature characters who have travelled from abroad in order to put a relative's affairs in order. Do you think there's a reason this is used twice in a story about Seevl?
- No word of a cairn of any kind yet in the story, one notes...