Once Daisy had lead Karma back into the barn, and was out of earshot, Kitty told Margot, “There’s someone who will be watching over you, when you and Steve go to Wuhan.”

Fascinated, Margot asked, “Who’S that?”

“I haven’t told the others this, yet, and I’d rather we keep it between us for now.” Margot nodded her agreement. “And I may not have decided to tell you, either, if you hadn’t said what you did about Nanibijou watching out for Steve. Bu I can tell that you believe, if not specifically in Nanibijou, you believe there is something bigger, much bigger than us, in this big room we live in.”

Margot contemplated engaging with the girl, but decided to just let her carry on, and she did. “Everything that we – and by we, I mean those of us who have already come together, and those who will join us – will do, has been foretold.

“Don’t bother asking me how I know this, because I don’t know. I just know. I know, because long before Stephen even contacted me, I knew he would. And I have known pretty much all that’s happened so far, before it came to be.

“To be clear, I am not talking about the virus, and the bigger world picture. I am talking only about what I have personally experienced so far, including meeting you. No, I can’t tell you what’s going to happen next, because I honestly don’t know. I only know what’s going to happen a few seconds, or minutes, before it happens. Like when Stephen first called me. I knew he was going to, but I didn’t know why, or when. I didn’t know it for sure, because it was my first experience with this. But a minute or so before my phone rang, I expected it to. And it’s been happening like that ever since. Just like I know that Daisy is going to come out of the barn, and ask if she can take Daisy out for a ride, if we’re gonna be a while.”

The two turned their attention to the barn. It took about ten seconds, but sure enough, Daisy came out and asked, “Miss Margot? Is it okay if I take Karma for a ride, if you two are gonna be a while?”

Margot looked at Kitty and asked, “So, what am I going to say?”

“You’re going to say, ‘No, Daisy, no time for that. I’m sorry, but we won’t be long.’” Margot said exactly that, but before doing so, she asked Kitty, “And what is Daisy going to say?”

“That’s okay. Maybe next time. She’s a really beautiful horse. Sorry to interrupt.” And that’s exactly what Daisy said.

“And do you know what I am going to say, next?” Margot asked, after Daisy had retreated into the barn.

“No. I don’t know everything, all the time. Time. Time. There it is, again. Time, time, time. What the Hell is it about time? I can’t figure it out, but when you said there is no such thing as time in the tunnel, I knew it was true. And I’d been thinking it, ever since I read about the tunnel in Riff n Raff, even though Salmi makes no mention of that.”

“Maybe he doesn’t know.”

“Do you know him? He’s from here. You’re about the same age.”

“I do, and I don’t. But hold that thought. Let’s get back to where you were wanting to go, before Daisy came out. You were saying someone, or something will be looking over all of us. Is it all of us?”

“Yes, it is all of us. All of us who are truly committed to this.”

“Okay, so, once again, who is it?”

“This is going to sound crazy, even for me… even for you, and I know you’ve seen, and been a lot crazier than me.” Margot smiled knowingly, but waited for Kitty to continue. “Her name is VoV. Lance and I met her in Duluth, as we were making our way here. I was expecting her, somehow, so I wasn’t at all surprised to see her standing on the side of the road, watching us, as we took a break, and read the Star Trib.

“And she was there when we snuck across the old border crossing, just as I knew she would be. She will always be there, when there is danger. So, she will be with you and Steve, when you go to Wuhan tomorrow.”

“That’s fascinating, Kitty, all of it. And I believe it all to be true. In fact, I know it to be true.”

“Because you come from the light.”

“Because I come from the light. What else do you know about VoV? Does she come from the light, too?”

“No. In fact, she comes from the dark. But she has come to the light, if you take my meaning.”

“I take your meaning. She has come to the light, from the dark, so she knows darkness, and has rejected it for the light.”


“She was created by Stephen.”

“Yes,” Kitty confirmed. “She was created by Stephen. And she has come from the darkness, to the light, to watch over us.”

86 – VoV



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