The Dream Archipelago Week 6: The Miraculous Cairn part 2
- While visiting with sick aunt Alvie, young Lenden is put through a course of shaming by the adults in the room, then made to kiss the sickly old Aunt for whom Lenden had no real feelings, it seems.
- After this, Lenden and cousin Seri are encouraged to go outside together, and Seri shows Lenden her 'hideout.'
- Before Lenden knows it, Seri is lifting her skirt and revealing herself, then proposes a round of exploratory touching. Lenden is uncertain, but interested, and touches Seri's private parts.
- They are interrupted by one of the priests of the Seminary, who seems to be spying on them. So Seri leads Lenden away to somewhere more quiet - outside of the Seminary grounds to one of the dread towers of Seevl.
- The priest seems to follow them up the path, but Seri says he won't follow them into the tower.
- Lenden is worried the tower isn't safe, but Seri says it's fine. They close the door behind them and re-engage in touching. Seri is the more bold and willing to strip; Lenden needs more time and remains clothed.
- Again, they are interrupted by the priest who calls from outside and tells Seri to come out because 'it is forbidden'.
- Seri goes out alone to talk to him while Lenden watches. Lenden soon concludes that there is something more to Seri's relationship with the priest than first seemed. Are they flirting?
- Meanwhile, back in the present, older Lenden and Bella drive through the countryside and discuss the island a little.
- They have a short 'morning after' conversation in which both seem apologetic for the encounter the night before, but both also declare a willingness to pick up again where they left off and see where it goes.
- The current encounter with Bella puts Lenden in mind of a previous encounter with Seri, and the narration passes back and forth between the past and the present. Many years have passed between the two events - why is Lenden still so tentative? Could the earlier encounter responsible for Lenden's reticence, or is there something else?
- Did Lenden's visit with the aunt ring true for you? Evoke any feelings? Remind you of your youth?
- Having read the other book first, we probably assume we know something about the tower, but I wonder if we can rely on that assumption.