Jul 19, 2014

Song of the Red Marmoset

The four children woke up at the same time knowing that the meaning of life was secreted somewhere else on the planet.

In dreams the same voice had whispered to them, “Steal your parents’ mining gear and go find the book.”

None of them quite understood, but they went anyway.

Lisa Adams, Side-saddle (2004)

Just for fun, let's name the four children after Irish saints: Abigail, Fursey, Gibrian, and Ita. Gosh, those names sound nice together.

Abigail was a 6th-century abbess. One of her legends describes how she sent a swarm of bees after a cattle thief so that he would return the animals he'd stolen.

Fursey achieved fame thanks to his ecstatic trances, during which he heard angels singing and witnessed the battle for his soul.

Gibrian inspired all of his brothers and sisters to become hermits. All nine of them. No small feat.

Ita founded a religious community for women and reportedly brought a man back to life by reuniting his head with his body.

They'd make a hell of a superhero team. Let me get back to you when I think up a suitable antagonist.

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