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Return

It’s getting to be time for me to get back to ILF and my duties. The Suresha was very gracious about allowing me to take however long I needed to tend to my mother’s affairs, which I’m grateful for.

Bataav stayed with me a while but had to head back to Astral to take care of his own work. As much as he supports and loves me, he also knew I needed to be alone for a while. I don’t know what I’d do without him.

Before finalizing things at the house today I took a trip to see Mammal. There were a few things I wanted to discuss with him. It was good to see him and I’m looking forward to trying the mantra he gave me.

I wish I could have stayed a bit longer…especially because he told me he’s leaving ILF. It brought to mind something I said to the Suresha in October when Mammal stepped down: whether his decision then was the first step toward him eventually leaving us. And now he is.

I’m upset about it even though I recognize Mammal has to follow his own path. We’ll still keep in touch of course, but it’s true that corp won’t be the same without him. I left his home with a heavy heart.

On another topic, just when Bataav and I left Astral to tend to things here, I received a mail from Corelous Alterrian. I’d almost forgotten he said he would be in touch about some proposal. Given what was going on I didn’t pay it much attention at the time. It seems he’s found a reason to be in the Intaki area and is offering to make himself available to my pilots for training ops.

My curiosity was piqued but my guard was up too. Something about him kept nagging at me so I linked up with the station to access my records, and found this:

Corelous Alterrian > Yea I would like to be able to come back to Intaki and see the Sov back to Caldari

This comment came some months ago during an exchange of pleasantries with Damar Rocarion on public comms that I happened to be monitoring.

It’s not something I like the sound of at all. The squids have no business in Intaki.

I sent him a reply. I attached that quote. I told him I was interested in his offer but have some concerns.

We’ll see if anything comes of it.


Finding One’s Way

Thanks to Mammal Tafren for his written contributions.
The original posts are here.

Intaki Prime – South Hemisphere – River Ganga

The punt rocked gently as it travelled upriver, propelled against the mild current by strong thrusts of the fisherman’s pole against the shallow river bottom. All was quiet, save for the lapping of water against the hull and the distant cries of birds wheeling overhead.

A cloth canopy positioned ahead of the till provided shade and Sakaane lounged beneath it on the pillows the fisherman had set up for her. The boat was flat-bottomed and low-slung, its sides mere inches from the surface of the river. She pushed up her sleeve and laid the exposed forearm across the smooth rail so her fingers trailed through the water. It was pleasantly cool.

“Don’t scare the fish!”

She smiled, turning her gaze to the young fair-haired boy perched near the prow with his line trailing into the water. The fisherman’s son was no more than eight and he grinned back at her.

“You don’t think they’d come to nibble on my fingers?” she asked. “You could just scoop them up then.”

The boy laughed. “Maybe!” Then he pointed to the middle of the river where the water was dark and the current much stronger. “They’re all out there, in the deep part. But I still think I can catch some here.”