Have you ever visited a culture so outside your previous experience that everything, even the animals, seemed “alien”?
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The Wishing Map
Chapter Sixteen: Fisher Folk and Naims (Cont’d)
Previously: Freshly arrived in the island kingdom of Sur Kellan–and recently saved from drowning–Gina and Zack were led to a building labelled The Screaming Spiffwit.
(See below for a Glossaryof SurKellish words*)
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The Screaming Spiffwit turned out to be an inn with a prominent wooden sign depicting an absurd-looking bird with tiny wings and huge feet. It was at the seaside edge of a long narrow block that curved steeply upward toward dark, forested hills. The buildings were made of deep wefted wood, with roofs tiled in scallop shells the size of dinner plates. Long copper-cuffed poles hung out over the doorways, and at the end of each was a chocolate kiss-shaped lantern with a thick glass bottom that threw a pool of…
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