Rita Walker (Blog Fifteen): By Dan Watt and Taylor Norris
In the past vehicle batteries were often just thrown in bodies of water like lakes or rivers. Batteries can be completely recycled now. The importance is getting the batteries to the recycling plant.
On the Grand River, just on the border with the Oakhill Cemetery, a new factory was built just the year before. Rita had driven by the factory and saw a sign in bold blue letters with the words Kanetic Reusable Batteries. Under the name were the words: Clean Energy. On her excursion the other night her feline nose suggested otherwise.
She wants to get inside Kanetic Reusable Batteries and see what’s going on but not in her human form. Part of the factory extends into the Grand and she noticed the river’s water flows in and out of a grate. But the grate opening is small and even as a rodent she doesn’t think she could swim through the river’s current to get inside. Perhaps Marlo could help her with that. Rán had told her she could find him at Mohawk Lake. First she wants to observe him unnoticed. Invisibility is sometimes just becoming something else.
It’s Saturday and the night before she had asked Zsofia to pick her up from a grove but not as her normal self. She sees Zsofia’s BMW i3 pull into the parking lot. As Zsofia gets out of her car and looks around, Rita leaves the grove where a pile of dirt sits beside the tree trunk of a black birch. Zsofia looks down and waves at her as she opens the front passenger door. Rita leaps inside. It took a long time to get used to a cat’s poor daytime vision. The reason she prefers to investigate at night.
As Zsofia drives towards Mohawk Lake she puts on the radio. There isn’t much sense in talking since it would be one sided. So Rita stands on her hind legs and stares out the window.
I’ll Melt With You by Modern English starts playing. It’s like listening with two separate pairs of ears. Her feline ears hear mumbo- jumbo but her human memory can still discern the words.
Once they reach the lake Zsofia lets Rita out. She carries Rita towards the shore where Marlo is gazing over the lake.
“I’ll read my book for half an hour than honk,” Zsofia tells her as she sets Rita down.
Rita looks side-to-side as she steps ever closer to Marlo. She sits on her haunches and stares up at him.
He crouches down and places the fingers of his right hand into the lake’s water. Without looking at her he says, “I will get you inside the factory.”