Rita Walker: Australia (Blog Nine) by Dan Watt and Taylor Norris (reference links at bottom)
Rita finds both the Martins sitting outside on their covered porch sipping coffee. She can hear them talking in whispers as they stare into the sunrise. In the distance she can just see the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. “There’s an espresso machine on the counter, and milk in the fridge if you want to make a latte,” Aurora tells her.
“That sounds divine,” Rita replies. “Could I also use your phone or laptop to contact my friend Zsofia?”
“Certainly,” Oliver says. He passes her his cellphone. “I can use my laptop for messages today so why don’t you hang onto it. It will vibrate when there’s a call or message. Just say the name of your friend and vibrate only if she calls.”
“It’s going to get blistering hot, so we should get you some clothes before 10 a.m.,” Aurora says.
“That would be wonderful,” Rita says as she turns on the espresso machine. “And thank you Professor Martin for lending me your phone.”
“Just Oliver,” he tells her.
“We’ll ask Iluka to come along,” Aurora adds as she gets up. “I better show you how to steam the milk. You need to pour just enough to make a face.”
Once Rita has her latte she sits at the kitchen table and texts Zsofia:
Dear Zsofia. I’ve just arrived in Sydney, Australia. Marlo is busy doing something else so I’m here with an amazing Australian couple. If I can get you a position at the university will you come here? The task Albi Rose has given me here is a bit overwhelming.
Please say yes,
Lots of Love!
Rita notices Aurora staring down at her feet with a frown.
“Let’s get Iluka,” Aurora says, “then while you and her talk in the car I’ll get you a pair of sandals. Tomorrow Oliver and I will take you to the university.”
“Thank you both so much,” Rita says. “I don’t know what I would do without your help and such kind hospitality.”
Grimacing against the heat Rita tenderly walks with Aurora to the Martins’ blue Tesla Model 3 electric car.
“It’s getting old now but still has one of the best ranges of cars in our price range,” Aurora tells her as she pats the hood of the car. “The tinted glass roof is also a solar panel. So the car is constantly being recharged.”
As Rita watches Aurora knock on Iluka’s door out the Tesla Model 3 passenger window, she contemplates going to the harbour that night to check on Marlo.
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