Rita Walker: Australia (Blog Twelve) by Dan Watt and Taylor Norris
I keep thinking of Marvel’s Ultra’s words in Avenger’s: Age of Ultra: ““I’m sorry, I know you mean well. You just didn’t think it through. You want to protect the world but you don’t want it to change. How is humanity saved if it’s not allowed to… evolve?” He continues by saying the Avenger’s must become extinct (that’s its own discussion).
The salt in the water keeps pushing her up so she lingers near a strand of seaweed and wraps her legs around it so her hands are free. Giant trevally and parrot fish swim near her but sadly no tiny creatures. She moves her hands and silently thanks Iluka for telling her messages to Marlo would move faster if she were submerged. “Any luck with the plastics?”
She watches Iluka swim in circles nearby as she waits for Marlo’s reply.
“At one point China handled nearly half the world’s plastic recycling. But there are so many products that are a mix of plastic and paper and other materials, Rita. I think we need biodegradable material to replace constant use products like straws, cups, food and detergent containers and more.”
“Zsofia is coming here hopefully she’ll have ideas. What about using more glass?” As she waits for Marlo’s reply she notices a gargantuan shadow moving towards her. Her body heaves back from a sudden pulse in the water.
Rita finds her left hand in Iluka’s. The power in Iluka’s tail thrusts shocks her as Iluka drags her towards shore. Rita kicks desperately with her feet.
As the base of the dock comes into site she feels an agonizing pain in right calve muscle.
Iluka throws her onto the dock before propelling herself beside her. “We must change before anyone sees us Rita!” Iluka tells her.
Rita clenches her teeth together as she grasps onto her calve muscle to stop the blood flow. “What was that?” she’s finally able to ask.
“A Muldjewangk,” she hears Iluka tell her. “Normally they stay in Murray River. The Dreamtime has opened Rita. It allows Dilga and Albi Rose to communicate but also other ancient beings. This is bad, the skin of your calve is already starting to blister.”
“Dilga gave me a dilly bag,” Rita says as searing pain burns through her calve. In frustration she leans over to the water and pulses it. I’m safe she sends to Marlo.
“I better get you home than, if Liam isn’t out riding my Super Soco,” Iluka tells her as she pulls Rita’s right arm over her shoulders.
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