Marvelina Chapter 13 Part 2


When we get older, no matter how radical we might have been or might still be, the next generation will always produce someone with unexpected talents. Someone who we might have underestimated.

"Grandmother Spider said that a message would come to me in the wind," Marvelina continued, "but what does it mean?" she asked. "I have no object of devotion," she added.  	Shavana stared at Marvelina. She was surprised that Marvelina was so thoroughly surprising to her. "No one can tell you what this means to you," she answered, passing the page back to Marvelina, who was clearly disappointed by her response.

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Marvelina Chapter 13 Part 1


Many times our own resentments prevent us from having empathy with another person’s situation. Anna, an escaped slave, had not given much thought to why Marvelina had found her privileged situation so intolerable…

	"The ST is chained to a tree. The SSFs were drinking and now they're sleeping," Anna added. "Except for the General. He might still be inflicting that girl…" she trailed off. She felt complicit. She turned to look at Marvelina, suddenly realizing that Marvelina might not be so different from that girl at the mercy of the General, or the young Anna she used to be. "There'll be a breakfast delivery in the morning," she said, finishing her summary.

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Marvelina Chapter 11 Part 3


They have different reasons, but Joe and Marvelina both feel like they are outsiders. Joe is an escaped slave with a troubled conscience. Marvelina has escaped but is troubled by her own lack of understanding of how the world works.

	"Any man in his true and natural mind can see the truth if he opens his eyes to see, any woman too. But there’s not many in their true and natural minds. That’s the problem. I know better than most.”
	“Why you better than most?” asked Marvelina.
	“Cuz I’m an Insider Outsider, an Outsider Insider,” said Joe cryptically. 
 	“Well I’m a Princess of the Enemy. Everyone around here hates me!

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Marvelina Chapter 11 Part 2


There are many unique life forms on the planet Grandmother. It was one reason why the Squares came there. One thing they overlooked completely was the Sacred Herb. But the natives of the planet call it sacred for a reason…

	There was a duck couple gliding around in a lazy circle, and turtles sunbathing on a fallen limb in the pond. Blooming bushes were growing around the edges of the water. The flowers had thickly bunched long white petals with bright red stamens. They were the source of the musky scent in the air. "What is that smell?" she asked.

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