To read the whole story follow the thread: Bruno, Kevin, Maha, Sarah, Ron, Tanya, Kay, Ron, Dana, Tania, until you arrive here. For a mapping of participants check here. If you would like to participate add your name to the Google doc.
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The icy lake was no lake at all. It was the ocean at freeze up!
The tide was receding quickly as Sarah, Kevin, and Kevin’s shy neighbour Maha, found themselves bobbing in a freighter canoe out in Frobisher Bay. Instinctively each of them tucked their necks into their shoulders and drew their arms in closer to their bodies as the chilly air caught their breath. The light was fading quickly with a promise of an extra cold November-long night.
Worried more about survival than solving mysteries, Kevin was the first to notice the thermos of tea and package of hard tack pilot biscuits in the hull of the canoe. With numb fingers he fumbled as he opened the package. Meanwhile Sarah grabbed the thermos and poured tea into the single cup that the three, still somewhat stunned, adventurers would have to share.
The ever-dreamy Maha was secretly thrilled at the thought of a common cup of tea. Seemingly in a world of her own she snuggled closer to Kevin, and started humsinging a plaintive tune as she turned her eyes skyward.
Kevin finally managed to opened the pilot biscuit box and, much to his surprise, out tumbled a partial star chart, a thimble full of sand, and an antique whale-ivory double-one domino.
Maha was all attention now. Her critical analytical mind, her years of scholarship, her status as an amateur astronomer, they all coalesced into the realization that she had a key part to play in solving the map mystery.
Her mind was spinning; ocean, ice, pilot biscuit, double-one, time warp, star chart. Even the tune she had been humming felt important . . .
Suddenly she sat bolt upright and yelled into the frozen Arctic air,
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To be continued . . . . On to Sue ! You can find part 12 here
1st photo: personal photo – looking out at Frobisher Bay from the beach in Apex.
2nd photo: retrieved from https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/8632559_antique-ebony-and-bone-dominoes-set-ed653