mary mayville, obélisque, page 364 by jmforceton

11 Apr

Mary was on the corner of Royale elegantly dressed in silk blouse, tan riding pants, and boots, as required for this scene. She was about a hundred yards from the obelisk when she sensed someone watching her. It made her feel very uncomfortable, and she wasn’t about to put up with it. The presence didn’t feel evil, but perhaps, unscrupulous, crass. She stepped to the side of the sidewalk, then turned and looked down, as though she had dropped something. It was an unscripted move. She lifted her head and slowly focused on everyone near her one at a time, nothing. She patiently rummaged in her bag, found a pack of cigarettes, and took one out. She lit it slowly. She continued to look, now at those people in the distance around the plaza, and with more brazenness as she lifted her chin, daring someone to show themselves. Everything looked very normal, just another busy but beautiful April day in Paris.

There was no particular story development for another five or six pages, so what could this be about. She knew the car crash would not be for another sixty pages; the current scene she was in was on page 364. There were side notes about the accident hand written in the margin, however. She just had a strong sense, no, it was more than that, it was a presence, and it seemed to come from the left side of her brain, and up? She thought, “Very odd, really,” again unscripted. She looked up and watched six white swans flying overhead and then saw a 747. Sidetracked for a second, the aviatrix smiled and thought, “Looks like a 747-400 Extended Range. Probably headed for New York or Boston.”

Scanning the crowd one last time, she threw down the cigarette and started walking. “One thing I know, this time it’s not Alfred.”

*   *   *   *

They finished the scan of page 364.

“How much longer is this going to take? I really doubt this guy tried to hide anything in microdot format or special inks. I told you guys when I grabbed the book; the only new information is in the side notes. He did some fairly serious research.”

“That’s easy for you to say, now leave me alone. Go get something to eat. I saw a fresh roll of john ham in stall three.”

“Very funny, how many times you use that line today?”

“Look, just get lost. It’s my freaking job on the line if we miss anything, and I need to get this done. My wife will crucify me if I’m late for my kid’s last soccer game tonight.”

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2 Responses to “mary mayville, obélisque, page 364 by jmforceton”

  1. juleshg April 11, 2010 at 11:26 pm #

    I can’t wait to see how all of this is going to come together. The new characters stealing the book intrigues me

  2. ingridfnl April 13, 2010 at 10:09 am #

    I like Mary’s unscripted actions and the way that this throws her off… I need to read all the stories together again!

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