Her name is Lonelee Darrow and the man walking next to her is called Faraway Braine.
Strange name or no name- it doesn’t really matter because what matters here is that Lonelee and the man named Faraway are walking down towards the Water Front to a store that sells Salt Water Taffy and little bars of clear soap with Scorpions inside – they sell postcards too.
” I don’t think this is a very good idea ” he tells her.
” Well. I do. “
” There must be an easier way for you to make a few dollars Lonelee.”
She stops and jabs her finger into his chest. ” Yeah. Well, it won’t be your few dollars. And those are the sweetest bills in the entire Universe right now.”
He picks up his pace and pulls ahead of her. ” You are one bad tempered woman Lonelee.”
” I told you not to push me Faraway. I’m betting you this won’t work and you have to argue. That’s all you ever do. Whine and argue. You just can’t admit when you are wrong.”
” Ha. I knew I was wrong the minute I said hello to you.”
” Bite me.”
They are still arguing when they get to the Shop on the Pier with the Scorpions in embedded in the bars of soap and Jars of Salt Water Taffy. They quiet down just a little as they pass by the racks of postcards and then they start to raise their voices again when they get to the back of the store where there is a woman in a glass case.
In her plaster hand are a bunch of yellow cards.
” Ask her. “
” Fine ” Faraway says. ” Fine. I’ll do it.”
” Go ahead. “
” Anytime Faraway.”
” Are Ghosts for real?” He asks the woman in the glass case.
” Feed her some silver Faraway.”
Faraway reaches into his pocket and pulls out some change. He drops it into the coin slot and right after he does he and Lonelee can hear gears begin to grind and then there’s a click and the Woman In The Glass Case moves her hand towards them and drops a little yellow card on the table in front of her.
They look down and read:
You Will Have Good Luck In The Winter
” Oooh she’s good Faraway.”
” I’m telling you, yesterday I asked her the same question and she answered it.”
” She told you that ghosts are for real.”
” Yes she did. “
Lonelee holds her hand out and Faraway gives her some coins.
” Okay. I’ve got a question. “
The Woman waits patiently in her case and Lonelee asks before she gives over her change, ” Are there ghosts here right now?”
Your Confidence Will Lead You On
” We came all the way down here for this? Are you kidding me? I hope that at least the Taffy is good because you’re buying and you’re buying a lot of it. “
Lonelee is walking up the aisle towards the candy shelves and she yells over her shoulder. ” Let’s go Faraway. “
Faraway buys the Taffy and after he does Lonelee sweeps the bag up off the counter. ” I told you. Ghosts are not for real. Fortune Tellers aren’t for real either and the ones in glass cases are for sure not real. You shouldn’t have bet me Faraway. I always win. You should know that by now.”
She goes to the door and pushes it open and lets Faraway walks out first and Lonelee follows him.
As they make their way back up the street Lonlee is looking up into the bright blue sky and shading her eyes from the sun and then she asks Faraway impatienly, ” Do you remember where it was we left the ship?”