Rita Walker: Australia (Blog Eight) by Dan Watt and Taylor Norris (reference links at bottom)
The Martin’s have her set up in their basement. The walls are white in the rec room to give the most light where there are no windows. Beside the laundry mat is a kitchenette with a full size refrigerator and stove. On the other side of the rec room is a bathroom with a shower and a storage room they’ve converted into a bedroom. It’s not a big bedroom but it does have an above ground window. Too exhausted to do much else, she showers, and climbs into her new bed.
Rita stands beside Dilga’s naked form staring through mist into the dreamtime. How she knows the two men she sees are Bamapana and Julana she isn’t sure. Bamapana looks like a Yolngu man of Northern Australia though Rita doesn’t think this is his true identity. He is using derogatory words as he describes to a Jumu looking man from Northern Australia, how he seduced one of his own relatives. Dilga points at Jumu’s nether region and Rita gasps.
“While Bamapana curses and creates division amongst the Yolngu and now all people, Jumu attacks women thinking they only think size matters,” Dilga says with a shake of her head.
“Was he a horse or a camel before?” Rita asks.
“Perhaps,” Dilga says with a chuckle. “They are both bad,” she continues with a mixture of anger and sadness in her voice. “We know of other worlds so they care little for what they do here. Now the air and water is polluted with burning coal because these two confuse people with mixed messages. Coal is good to use and doesn’t hurt the environment they tell some in dreams. They also speak to some individuals in their dreams telling them plastic isn’t really harmful to the land and water. Now the two of them are laughing as people around the Earth argue over whether coal and plastic are hurting their planet.”
Rita wakes up to the sound of heavy breathing. As soon as her eyes open she sees Taz staring at her. He grabs a ball from the floor and drops it by her hand.
“After we play,” she tells him, “I’m going to call Zsofia.”
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