She looked back through the star curtain towards the Dark World. This was where she’d first seen Gavin. And now they had come to the parting of the ways. Thank you all for listening to the book. I hope that you enjoyed it. Next Monday, April 23rd marks the beginning of the 12th book in my podcast series. Collidescope was the first book to win the Texas Lone Star Award for Young Adult books:
Thick yellow smoke was swishing up from out of it, and she fancied the smell like all the bad smells she could think of . . . Smelled good to her. . . . She turned the ship and headed out.
She looked over to Gavin’s last rod just as he reached it. She’d beaten him by a hair. Had she beaten the Salleman? Bonus Items: 1. Audio clip from theme music depicting Dark World and Meg’s run around the Dome. 2. Diagram comparing Meg’s run with Gavin’s
Her first thought was to turn right around and get out of there … until she remembered … Gavin was about to make his last run!
“Go,” he said. “There’s nothing for you to stay for. And after you make it home—if you make it home—don’t ever, and I mean ever, come back.”…. “Gavin, please…” Meg twisted in her seat to plead with him. But Gavin was gone.
The ship dropped fast and straight, right over the plasma dome. Meg screamed, shut her eyes, and waited for the crash.
“Where are we?” Meg had a sudden very bad feeling. “At the central core. Directly below us is the plasma. Look.” Meg switched on the headlights as Gavin pointed. She raised the canopy and looked down.
Meg waved a last time, then pulled the lever by her right knee. At once, the craft lifted up through the dark wall, past Peter and the Fay and out into the void.
“I know now why I came, Sue,” Meg said at last…. Even as she said the words, she felt the old fear start. “Tonight, I’m going down to my lab. To bring Gavin out.”
She backed towards the curtain, the feel of his skin still chill on her fingertips. She looked around the cubicle … at the tiny white space filled with the cold music of mechanical breath and pulse. “Tonight,” she whispered, and left. Special acknowledgments to Pam Hoar, Edith Marvell, and Howard Smallowitz of the Presbyterian Hospital for their help in my researches. Bonus item: notes on background for chapter.
She had a brief, wild idea that maybe the computer man was somehow onto her. That this man was … delivering to her a ticket to … where? Meg looked down. “Fifty cents off at Harry’s Diner,” the paper said in thick black letters. Somebody had printed underneath in leaky pen, “Judge not lest ye be judged” and “Peace be to all brothers and sisters, amen.”
“Twenty eighty-four?” Sue shook her head. “If that’s a command I haven’t heard of it, Meg.” …. Meg stood, snatched up her violin and music case. It wasn’t anything to do with computers at all! “It’s time, Sue, don’t you see? Gavin’s in the Dark World, and the Dark World is a computer. And it’s running almost one hundred years from now—in 2084!”
Maybe if she told Sue everything that had happened in the Dark World, they’d both see..that there was really nothing to be done…. “Sue?” She touched Sue’s arm. “I want to talk. “About the Dark World.” Useful text words: Salleman; GOTO 10
It was nothing special: just the usual happy vacation snap found in any family album anywhere in the country…except that the last time she’d seen that boy he’d been running towards her along the entrance tunnel to the Dark World!
It was dark in the garden. The stars were bright in the high summer sky and the smell of roses was strong. She must go quickly, three more steps to tell Sue that she was alright. Then back here to her Quiet Place. She started across the grass …
An instant later they were out under the sickly fog. The Fay lay senseless along the horse’s neck, her hair flared out around her like a weird black halo. And the boy had disappeared.
With a powerful thrust of its haunches, the horse leapt and the next minute it, the Fay and Meg were flying forward into the air. Audio vs Printed Page: While both are great formats, sometimes something is lost. In this chapter, there is a play on ‘straight’ and ‘strait.’ The Fay accuses Peter of being ‘strait,’ meaning narrow in his vision. He in turn declares real truth to be ‘straight’, meaning clear and direct. Homophones, sounding the same, but very different in meaning! Bonus item: audio clip as in chapter 9 depicting action down in Meg’s lab
Peter suddenly grunted and straightened up, hastily crossing himself. “You’d better look now,” he said. “She’s full to view.” Meg lowered her hands. “Good gracious!” she cried softly and got to her feet. Bonus Item: The Lab – clip from Out of the Dark World music depicting events in Chapters 9 and 10.
… she couldn’t help thinking as Sue began to read her down to her Quiet Place how splendid it would be for Morgan le Fay to appear….
… she escaped to her room, and took out the boy’s picture, stared at it for a minute, then stowed it away again. She doodled some more. Pentacles, all over a brand new pad. Then she practiced—hard—to keep her mind off bedtime and what she now must do.