Wintra And Summra On The Silk Road
Two of my friends insisted on leaving their home in Duwamish Bay because they're desperately searching for a cure to help a sick friend...this is the first of their adventures over the Silk Road. .
The two women wore a bright yellow dress and stood under a sign, hand painted by the finest painters from the Sideshow back home that read:
" We Buy, Sell and Trade in The Unique and Curious...please inquire within "
Jesse The Cyclops had designed it and his friend Caliban had painted it and the Twins were very proud of it for that reason alone.
" I wish the Benandanti was working here with us...She'd know how to liven things up " Wintra said to her conjoined twin Summra.
" Well, we’re not here to pull any theatrics, we're here to drum up some business for the Curiosity Shop back home. Things haven't been the same since Akela went looking for Livia...Akela’ s poor Mother just doesn't have the heart to run the place proper anymore. So it's up to us to find some inventory until things are back to normal. "
Summra looked up and down the Market Place stalls and she shook her head. " I don't think we're in the right place...Plus I'm not sure this is how you're suppose to stock the shop..."
Just then a woman with an armful of brightly colored fabrics folded neatly and smelling faintly of oranges raced by and then stopped dead in her tracks. The pile of cloth fell to the ground and she pointed a long bony finger at the shrunken head hanging from tents entranceway.
" Is that what I think it is? "
" I don't know, what do you think it is? " Summra asked.
Actually the Twins knew exactly what the woman was thinking, but unless you crossed their palms with silver they'd keep it to themselves.
The woman leaned over grabbed the fabrics and raced away, her face as dark and murderous looking as any vampire or ghoul that the twins had ever seen in their entire lives.
The Twins looked at each other and winced. " We didn't handle that well..." Summra whispered.
They turned to their table of wares and Wintra tapped on the Fiji Mermaids Jar but her eyes remained shut and the Twins knew the little Mermaid didn't like being so far away from home. They didn't either, but the Mermaid would always react to danger and the Twins had never been away from Duwamish Bay in their lives.
She was all they had to watch out for them here.
It surprised Wintra and Summra that no one stopped to ask about the little Mermaid in the jar. She had a wonderful story to tell...Couldn't all these people see that? And look, her little monkey face was sweet and kind. Didn't they see that either?
This Lumurian Archipelago was a strange place. That's what they'd heard...That's why they'd come here.
A little while later an older man walked back and forth in front of their stall before he finally walked in. " Is that a severed head in that jar? "
Summra told him, " No, its a peeled off face. We're willing to trade him for..."
But the man was gone.
" This isn't going well at all Wintra. What on earth are we going to do? If the Curiosity Shop doesn't get stock soon...Its going to die. Isn't it? "
Wintra reached for her Sister's hand and squeezed and they stood there...They stood there all day.
© anita moscoso text 2005