In the afternoon, Tahia and Manika meet at the easel. Tahia is to paint Manika’s portrait as promised.
Are you proud of yourself? Was your life worthwhile?
Helen looked at herself in the mirror and wondered. The woman staring back at her was old. Much older than she had thought. Time moves too fast and too slow when you’re stuck in a laboratory. She envied those who lived outside once in a while.
Since Manika has decided that she could not let Taam die, she visits the slave market**. She still needed a breeding slave to produce an heiress and Baato was not an option.
The next days, Jennifer went about her business normally. She didn’t want to raise any suspicions. Someone was watching her and she would find out who, but all in due course.
After Raala’s betrayal, the tribe was in need of a Scholar to provide income. Manika had planned some additions to the compound, but they didn’t have the money. Thankfully, she soon found a new Scholar to join her tribe: Tahia Alane.
The next days, Jennifer desperately tried to avoid the skill objects, determined not to obey to that voice from the sky – she was sure that the voice and the message connected to the same person.
The scientists were worried.
Baato is actively training, normally a rare sight, but a frequent one in the last days. Of course Baato only wants to impress Nieva, who sometimes watches him train after her garden work.
The next day, Jennifer was still confused by yesterdays happenings. By now, she was fairly sure, that she must have imagined this strange voice in the sky. There was no explanation for it. On the other hand, there was no explanation for all of this! She took a long shower, to clear her head.
After they got home, Zaleena gladly changed her outfit. Now that she was no longer creator, she was not allowed to wear white anymore, so she was able to use her favourite colours for her new clothes.
She had heard a voice, it seemed to come from everywhere at once. It was a bit scratchy but still sounded somewhat monumental, it shouted: “OH PLUM!”
“Who are you?”, Jennifer yelled at the faceless sky, since she didn’t know where to turn.