Dayel, one of my pair of twins in Tales of the Navel/The Shadow Forest let me know he wanted nothing to do with this fair.
He didn't like people. He met quite far too many he'd rather have nothing to do with in The Hand and the Eye of the Tower. In fact, Dayel is quite relieved I've put him, Danyel, and his family aside to revise Stealing Myself From Shadows.
Let Christopher and his story go first. Let him and Danyel have a breather. In fact, the more stories with other denizens from the Navel and the Shadow Forest, the better.
The last thing Dayel wished to go was to a festival filled with strangers.
Only Danyel really wanted to go. It sounded like a lot of fun to more extroverted of my twins.
Besides, Dayel's reluctance brought out the sadistic, gleeful pushy side of my muse. Said muse simply had to drop kick Dayel into the festival.
Here Dayel is at a festival in Omphalos, which takes place in between The Hand and the Eye of the Tower and A Godling for Your Thoughts?
Yes, both of those books have yet to be released. I've avoided outright spoilers. I am dropping hints, though, like breadcrumbs, which you might follow to a few speculations. :)
“Dayel, the wind is showing itself!” Danyel pointed at a pinwheel, spinning in the breeze. “You can see it move, through that!”
Seeing anything was difficult. Too many people clustered around, invading the air with their chatter, their demands, their sheer presence.
Dayel tried to block them out, but their voices reached into his ears, pounding against his temples.
“Look!” Undaunted, Danyel pointed at yet something else. “We should get one!”
Dayel blinked in the direction of his twin’s finger.
Damian stood behind a booth, bestowing his toothy smile upon everyone around him. A row of skulls were on display in front of him.
He fixed his rose purple gaze upon Dayel.
“Why, hello there, little mystery.” He winked. “Fancy seeing you here.”
“Illusions should stay beyond the Door.” Baffled and a little alarmed at the presence of someone who shouldn’t be in the real world, Dayel took refuge in enigma. “I refuse to encourage daydreams with attention.”
“I’d hope I’d count as more than just a daydream.” Leiwell’s dry voice, touched with a little humor, slipped from Damian’s mouth. “Otherwise, I’ll never sell these nuts.”
Dayel blinked a second time, completely confusion.
Leiwell stood exactly where Damian had been. There were no sign of the skulls. Small cones stood before him, giving off a whiff on roasted nut, cinnamon, and other spices.
Map bustled behind Leiwell over an open fire.
“Dayel!” Danyel nudged his twin, peering into his face. “Where did you go?”
“I was nearly lost in a dream which haunts me, but I’m back now.” Dayel couldn’t quite meet his brother’s eyes. “Don’t let such dreams trouble the air.”
Danyel bit his lip, unconvinced, but he decided to let it go.
Did you enjoy that surprise appearance by Damian Ashelocke? Mwa ha ha...this is the end of Part 1, but the festival isn't over, oh no. I'll continue on Saturday...