Rita Walker (Blog Twenty-one): By Dan Watt and Taylor Norris
Each country if not city, town, village has sacred places. I’ve been reading Bob McDonald’s An Earthling’s Guide To Outer Space. McDonald hosts CBC’s Quirks & Quarks. In the book he explains that astronauts and cosmonauts really miss feeling the wind and nature’s surroundings. Next time you walk through the woods reflect on how important that presence is.
Leaving a part of herself inside the factory to become a chipmunk has drained Rita. She barely made it home because she was shaking so bad. Not just from the loss of body mass but from the terror of almost being caged indefinitely. In her apartment she engorges oatmeal mixed with oat milk and prunes. Lumbering towards her bed she is drawn towards the weeping willow. She touches one of the long leaves before plunking onto her bed.
She feels tremendous pressure, as if the Earth is pressing down on her shoulders, and so hot! Sweat pours down her body as she stares at a titan sized man bound inside a cavern the colour of iron. His metallic gray eyes stare upwards and his mouth is open. With each breath he exhales heavy metals spew out reminding her of videos of volcanic eruptions. His muscular arms are stretched out… his hands are jagged junks of metal. She sees lower that his feet are also made of misshaped metal. He’s straddling the cavern. His right hand punches higher up the cavern wall sending iron ore flying below where a molten fire burns. She realizes Kaneki is trying to reach the surface!
Now she’s on the surface. What she sees shouldn’t make sense but it does. Ailbe Rose is standing in the centre of Stonehenge with her arms and hands pointed towards the ground. A hole forms just in front of her toes. Oya is standing within a groove of Nyame Dua trees near the Asuo Akosua stream with arms raised above her head. Rán is kneeling at the shore of the Sifra Rift with her hands in the cool water. But Rae is not to be found and without her Kaneki cannot be stopped.
Rita wakes shivering. Her clothes, sheets and pillow are soaked.