…in which Carrie joins the History Society…
As Guy got out to open the door for her, Sheila leaned in close to Carrie’s ear, her breath hot on the back of Carrie’s neck. She tapped Carrie twice on the shoulder.C. M. Rosens, The Crows, p. 62
“If you go to Beverley’s,” Mrs Azeman whispered, “Don’t drink the tea.”
Jumping with surprise, Carrie twisted around to stare at her.
Guy opened the door.
“Have a good evening,” Mrs Azeman said at her normal volume, getting out and slamming the door.
Carrie’s skin crawled where Sheila had tapped her. It felt like a signal of some kind, something she couldn’t interpret. Like another warning.
If you want a little more from this chapter, Ricky’s point of view is already up on this blog in a fun teaser… introducing your not-so-friendly local soothsayer, and a toy called Gerald.
I did a post on the Gothic trope of sinister, secret-keeping locals here!
If you’re wondering why Mrs Azeman has a folkloric surname, that’s a deliberate choice she made and will get explored in future stories when the concept of lychgates will be looked at in more detail. Mark Curtis may have his own short story – I’ve got a few ideas for that, which will expand on his character and clear up (or add to) the mysteries surrounding his particular nature. If you’re well-versed in Ancient History/Classics, you may have an idea where he’s from and what the name denotes.
Current regular members of the History Society:
- Guy Bishop
- Mark Curtis (Guy’s godfather)
- Sheila Azeman
- Beverley Wend
- Janet Varney
- Dev Syal
- Leo Domov (unnamed, but he owns the pet shop on Gordon Road)
- Madelaine Dewser (named in Folklore of Pagham-on-Sea)
- Pete Cheung (named in Folklore of Pagham-on-Sea)
- John Hampsted (unnamed)
- Tom Redditch (unnamed)
- ??Pamela Rumbold (pending approval)