Rita Walker: Australia (Blog Seven) by Dan Watt and Taylor Norris (reference links at bottom)
As Australia and the rest of the world learn how to better harness the sun’s power more electricity will come from solar energy and less from other sources.
A woman with frizzly natural blonde hair and devilish green eyes opens the door for Rita. “Iluka told us you were here,” the woman says in a wonderful New South Wales accent.
Rita is confused. “Iluka? You are Professor Aurora Martin aren’t you?”
“Yes, yes come in, and call me Aurora or it will be confusing when you meet my husband Oliver. It’s too hot to walk during the day so he’s out with Taz right now. As for Iluka she is a Yawkyawk.”
Rita wants to know who Iluka is and what Aurora means by a Yawkyawk but her feet are killing her so she steps into a hall with silky oak flooring and a carpeted staircase that goes up. She notices pictures from places around the world line the walls and up on the ceiling a fan blows much appreciated cool air over her.
“We use solar energy for the fan,” Aurora tells her. “I just made some ice tea, would like some, and have you eaten?”
“I would love some ice tea, and something to eat would be fantastic,” Rita replies as she follows Aurora into a kitchen with lots of Wollemi Pine cupboards and an extensive hung wine rack just underneath.
Aurora gestures for Rita to sit down on one the high back chairs at an square table made of eucalyptus. Rita places her dilly bag beside her and takes in a long tired but relaxing breath.
“Chicken Parmigiana okay with you?” Aurora asks.
“Anything,” Rita replies with a thankful sigh. She unintentionally guzzles the ice tea down.
“Is that all the clothing you have?” Aurora asks as she heats up a plate of food in the microwave.
“Yes,” Rita replies.
“Well, I think we’ll get you fitted with some clothes tomorrow morning before we bring you over to meet Iluka.”
As Aurora is talking Rita hears the sound of a man whispering to a dog as it barks excitedly.
“Stay!” the man shouts as she hears the scrapping sound of a dog pulling and getting away.
The next moment a chocolate brown Australian Kelpie is stalking around her sniffing. Occasionally he looks up at her with cognac brown eyes.
“Hello,” says a man with disheveled dark brown hair with a streak of white on the left side. Rita notices that Oliver Martin’s eye colour is similar to his wife’s but with more of a thoughtful stare. “I don’t think Taz quite knows what to make of you,” he says as he kisses his wife.
Blue Mountain Jenolan Caves background pic by Peter Samuel with Rita Walker body makeup by @amasonart Alannah Mason, model Taylor Norris, picture of model by Dan Watt