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wow. what was that?
a story with no end at "the end".
is there a 2nd book of paradise in planning? do we ever get to know who are the captors? and why all these young people were captured and also partly tortured?
do we get to know if they manage to break free? where they land at? and also when?
do we get to know who rescued them and how? is the UNIT the rescuers?
so many questions left at the end of this story. and so few answers.
i never read such a story yet with such an open end.
please please go on telling us, multimapper!
thx for your wonderful writings.
Yours Darian Fey
Thank you for your kind words @D'Artagnon. I'm really chuffed that the story is keeping your attention and that you're enjoying it.
I have to admit that I really enjoyed writing the chapters actually set in Hammerhead Cove. Writing under the guise of "pulp" lets me layer on the atomsphere really thick - so I'll be sitting and giggling as I type while coming up with the most unpleasent and creepy things I think I can get away with. The ones that fit the story anyway.
Your assertion that Hammerhead Cove could be parts New England Towns and San Francisco from a bygone age are quite correct. I looked into Whaling towns in New England during the 18th-19th C and sketched out what I thought they might be like if crossed with SF (due to the location of the Island) and then just left to rot in the intervening years. So, well spotted Sir.
I actually dreamed about that fountain, naked boy, hands coming out of the water, lacivious faces and all. I don't remember the context of the dream it appeared in, only that I woke up while staring at it and needed to pee. ha.
Again. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. It means a lot to me.
Wow did I cause all this distress? I must be getting better. Yes you may have to wait another week (or two) but all your questions will be answered eventually even though I did manage at last to get three fish in one barrel, to rest your mind a little until chapt. 20 Snot and Maketja are having a little canoodle in the bushes while no one is watching, the wagons are or could be a distraction from the true theme but then Loki would never mislead you (would he?)
And I thought the previous chapter was ominous! What has poor Takeru gotten himself into? Certainly looks like the sorts of things a kid in love will do for the object of his affection, even to the point of ignoring spooky, even obvious signs of danger. Hammerhead Cove sounds like a place taken from where it should be and dropped somewhere else. It has elements of New England or San Fransisco from a bygone age dropped into the Pacific and then let to go instead of kept up.
And then the shop keeper lady, and the fishmongers... *shudder*
It seems the mysteries are about to have several answers come to... well, can't really call it light, now can we? But I'm guessing that more questions will be raised as answers start to turn up.
And that fountain across from the church (minus it's spire cross) was highly disturbing. If such is the fate of those at the school, one wonders what poor Toby has had to call his home, much less his life. If that Ms. Myercough is the nurse, the boys at that home/school would have more warmth from an ice cube. I fear that the headmistress, as yet unseen, is an even colder fish than the nurse. I have the feeling Taki is about to realize just how far over his head he is.
And Poppa John's presence on the road to Hammerhead Cove... What can we read into that based on his conversation with Toby, earlier.
Now i have to wait for the next installment....
Fantastic imagery and sensory overload. Very engrossing read. This and the previous chapters have been my favorite so far. I am anticipating that the next one will join these last two in that category. Well done! Carry on!
Wow, not only the dads but all the boys are going to get married. The book deal now has turned into a up coming toy deal as well. Ms. Bell is no one to mess with is she. She is going to be of much help to Rob with his homeless projects. With all that has happened just a year has passed. You can not say it has been dull. Looking foreward to see what happens next.