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Sleeping out on an open beach is perfectly fine in Summer, but nothing I had planned for now considering November starts this weekend! The wind was getting up, as well. Our Tutor waved cheerfully and promised to return in the morning to see how we got along - старонка 11


In three weeks time Helen and me will stand on Sacred Island with Marti and Jirry, winding rings of our partners’ tail fur for the priestess to bless – hopefully Saimmi. Whatever happens in the next three weeks, there is that to look forward to. Short of our aircraft crashing, us getting avalanched etcetera, Albert Island invading and similar unlikely emergencies, we will be there and Tailfast. I expect Prudence and Tahni will too, but I would have quite spoiled Helen’s good mood by reminding her.



Mrs. Hoele’toemi says she has been to Meeting Island and spoken to the good Judge Poynter, who seems very eager to take on my case. I still wear that gold loop around my tail-root, and there is no denying that I was on Krupmark and the events that happened there. Mrs. H tells me the best bet is to prove the will that made me Lady Allworthy is invalid under British law – it seemed cast-iron enough to me, but that is how lawyers get wealthy. Just my luck that I am heading out tomorrow!



On our return, we had a surprise. Miss Blande intercepted us at the airfield and announced we had our dorms ready and waiting for us, and one night of nine hours unbroken sleep if we wanted it. Cheers all round! Of course, the more cynical or experienced in the class had their ears starting to droop about five seconds later. When the Tutors give us a light, digestible luncheon one just knows there is a marathon run or a swimming epic about to be sprung upon us that afternoon. Giving us a long, comfortable final night before the trip is equally significant – we will probably eat a hearty breakfast tomorrow, too.



An hour later we were showered and just about to head downstairs to eat when we discovered there was one of those other little surprises our dear Tutors love – a snap kit inspection! One has just enough warning to stand by the bed looking innocent, and not a second to hide anything. Which is the idea.



Miss Devinski is now exceedingly unhappy with us. Finding that souvenir Lars shed this Autumn rolled up in Molly’s sleeping bag made her quite irritated. She would have been far happier to discover Molly had taken up a hobby of collecting fully armed pet land-mines. But that was nothing to her reaction when she found the other one similarly hidden in my bivouac bag. She just looked at me for half a minute, snarled “Well, Miss Allworthy, you do live up to your name.” turned on her heel and stalked away. Helen did not even get searched.



Oh dear. It would be less uncomfortable if she had just shouted at me – but then, as Father says, Sergeant-Majors who shout all the time find out their troops acquire an immunity to it. Having her find out about Leon Allworthy was bad enough, but he was at least far away on Krupmark. There is an instant and irrevocable Standing Order about Lars that would have anyone kicked out of Songmark for letting him on the grounds, and for a minute I thought Miss Devinski was about to extend that to include his antlers. I had no intention of bringing mine into Songmark, but with the rapid changes of plan tonight I had no time to make any other arrangements.



Well, they say “the condemned fur ate a hearty breakfast” indeed, and perhaps tomorrow we will find out. It would be adding injury to insult if they served us Poi out of spite; we seem to be condemned enough as it is, anyway!



Hopefully by the time we get back from the Aleutians, Miss Devinski’s temper will have cooled off. I am sure everything else that goes on the trip will.



(And it did. As recounted in “Gone with the Wind-chill.”)





*Editor’s note: Amelia presumably didn’t know that’s how you pronounce “Thule.” Despite having an Antarctic colony named after it, “Thule” does NOT rhyme with “cool.”





















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