By Terry Pratchett
When a huge wave destroys his village, Mau is the one one left. Daphne—a vacationer from the opposite part of the globe—is the only survivor of a shipwreck. Separated via language and customs, the 2 are united by means of disaster. Slowly, they're joined by means of different refugees. And as they fight to guard the small band, Mau and Daphne defy ancestral spirits, problem demise himself, and discover a long-hidden mystery that actually turns the area upside down.
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Yet they look for solutions. ” “Good. ship them the following. yet i do know what this position skill. My ancestors desired to let us know that they have been here—that’s what it means,” stated Mau. He may perhaps consider the tears welling up, yet what was once propelling them used to be a fierce, burning satisfaction. “Send your clever trousermen,” he stated, attempting to not permit his voice shake, “and we are going to welcome the brothers who traveled to the opposite finish of the realm, and got here again ultimately to where they'd left at the back of. it's not that i am silly, ghost lady. If we sailed to these locations in the past, wouldn’t we have now settled there? And while your realized males come right here, we are going to say to them: the area is a globe—the farther you sail, the towards domestic you're. ” He may perhaps slightly see Daphne within the gloom, but if she spoke her voice was once shaking. “I will inform you anything much more amazing,” she stated. “All worldwide humans have carved stones into gods. all over the international. And all over the international humans have stated that the planets are gods, besides. yet your ancestors knew issues that no-one else knew. Mau, the god of Air has 4 little figures sitting on his shoulders. they're his sons, convinced? They raced round their father to determine which ones may courtroom the girl who lives within the Moon? It’s within the beer tune. ” “And what do you need to inform me approximately them? ” “We name the Air planet Jupiter. Jupiter has 4 moons that race round it. I’ve obvious them in my telescope at domestic! after which there's Saturn, that you name hearth. The Papervine lady tied his fingers to his belt to forestall the god from stealing her daughters, sure? ” “It’s simply one other god tale for infants. I don’t think it. ” “It’s precise. Oh, good. In a way—I don’t learn about the Papervine lady, however the planet Saturn has jewelry round it, and that i believe they do appear like a belt for those who see them on the correct perspective. ” “It’s only a tale. ” “No! It’s been became a narrative. The moons are genuine! So are the earrings! Your ancestors observed them, and that i want I knew how. Then they made up those songs and moms sing them to their young ones! That’s how the data will get handed down, other than that you simply didn’t understand it used to be wisdom! See how the gods shine? There are little plates of glass everywhere them. Your ancestors made glass. I’ve acquired an concept approximately that, too. Mau, whilst my father comes and that i come back domestic, this position often is the most renowned cave in—” It used to be terrible to monitor her face swap. It went from a type of determined pleasure to darkish depression, in light gradual movement. It was once as if a shadow had drifted throughout a panorama. He stuck her ahead of she fell, and he felt her tears on his dermis. “He will come,” he stated speedy. “There is loads ocean. ” “But he might understand the process the Judy, and this can be a gigantic island! He must have gotten right here through now! ” “The ocean is far greater. And there has been the wave! He will be having a look south, pondering the Judy capsized. He will be taking a look north, in the event you have been swept alongside. Oh, he'll come. We has to be prepared. ” Mau patted her at the again and regarded down. the youngsters, who had quickly gotten uninterested with tremendous darkish issues they didn’t comprehend, had accumulated round and have been gazing them with curiosity.