I didn’t need a lot to finish up the first scene of Chapter Four because I was near the end the other night, only I was too tired to finish then. Last night, however: it was a combination of naps, looking at software, picking out songs, and writing the final paragraphs that got me to where I am today.
It’s interesting that the first scene of the first chapter of Part One is the shortest scene in the book, and now, the first scene of the first chapter of Part Two, is the second shortest in the novel. Though I have to say this scene is far more painful than that other scene, but at least it ends better than it started–
(The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Three: C For Continuing, copyright 2016 by Cassidy Frazee)
Kerry took a few deep breaths to call himself. He continued looking down, unable to meet his case worker’s gaze. “I know what you mean, but it still hurts—you know?”
“I do know. At one point in my life I was abandoned as well. Remember?”
He nodded. “Yeah, I remember.”
“Good.” Bernice reached inside her over-sized handbag and removed a few tissues which she handed to Kerry. “Here: clean yourself up.”
Kerry dabbed at his face and eyes. “Thanks.”
“You’re welcome.” She stood and looked towards the front entrance. “Do you have everything packed?”
“No.” He blew his nose. “Only thing left is my computer.”
“And that’s it?”
“Okay, then.” Bernice crossed her arms as she looked at him. “Here’s what we’re going to do: you’re going to go upstairs, clean up a little, pack your computer, and come back here. And then we’re going to put all this behind you.”
Kerry looked downward again. “I don’t know—”
“Yes, you do.” Bernice stood before him and placed both hands on his shoulders. “Where we’re going there are people waiting for you—and those people are not only your kind, but a few of them are your friends, ones you’ve made over the last year. They’ll want to know how you’ve been, and they’ll want to comfort you when they hear you’ve not had the best of summers.
“But it’s not just your friends who are eager to see you: there’s someone else waiting for you. And you know who she is: she’s the most important person in your life and she’s waited all summer for this moment to be with you again. And once you’re together, she’ll listen to what happened here and she’ll offer you understanding, comfort, and love. And she knows you would do the same for her, without hesitation, because of the bond of love you share.”
She knelt down before her charge so she was face-to-face with him and she spoke in a calm tone. “So dry your eyes, gather your things, and get back here as quickly as you can.
“We’re going to Paris.”
The thing Bernice says at the end is something I’ve though of her saying for nearly six months if not longer. The way it is said is similar to that found in Watchmen, Issue #9, The Darkness of Mere Being, where John and Laurie are on Mars discussing the end of the world and the top two panels of the comic say, “Dry your eyes, and let’s go home.” The penultimate panel is only an image and the final panel is a quote from Carl Jung from which the issue gets it’s title: “As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.” Of all the issues of Watchmen this is among my favorites, as well as this being among my favorite titles.
But as Bernice Rutherford says Kerry is leaving that all behind. It’ll be a while before we return to the Malibey home in the city of Cardiff.
We’re going to Paris.