Hurricane that Burned Down Texas
discovers the Queen
Days turned into months.
Bobber added his own family to the roll.
If they were alive, they could see how to contact him.
A former Bludworthy appeared in town.
Bobber was looking for him.
Liam called him across the street. A runner brought the news.
Bobber dispatched invitation for him to talk.
When he arrived, he looked older.
Bobber asked about his family. They shared a discussion between trades
at the counter.
His name was JoRR Beeler.
He brought a daughter with him to Red Lake.
She told him that she was a Reader and could Read the fire, so they left before it happened.
JoRR hadn’t eaten all day. Dillard stew was brought out. Eat
Bobber said. We have more.
LeoJ's wife made
a wicked pot of dillard, cheddar and hot pepper stew .... strong enough
to smoke a man's tongue.... and that's why you ate slow.
asked JoRR about the woman at the barn the day they cut him loose.
that he had trade value for an important woman, offering commission
JoRR looked at him strange.
Had Bobber made a mistake by asking? No.
JoRR said that’s the Queen.
How do you know?
Then the story started.
JoRR was one of four Bludworthies protecting the lady at the barn that
day. They traveled back to Forest City with her.
they arrived, he heard people calling her the Queen, but that was
before the monitors talked about a Queen.
He never saw her without face covering, but she was supposedly a
teenager that looked much older.
He was sworn never to say what
he heard or saw.
But now he was old and wanted to tell what happened.
Bobber figured he was about 38.
JoRR was relieved to tell the story.
It carried genuine truth.
The Queen was more powerful than people knew.
She was GE-Nuke, she was the Bank, and she owned the Bludworthies.
She caused the Solid Dollar to come forth.
But there was more. She also started the Line Readers when she was
Line Readers carried the KL-VS2 gene. More resistance to illness, more
intelligence, less susceptible to carbon and methane. Exceptional
Bobber thought the lady was a Reader when he saw her in the barn.
Readers have always been around; people able to pull information out of
Line Reading was about groups of Readers meeting together and touching
The Hive Mentality was communicated by these groups.
Groups of Readers would move around each other in dance-like motions
while reaching out and touching the other person’s hand.
described it and Bobber remembered seeing young people outside the
doing the Line Reader dance several times, but he just thought it was
JoRR said, the Line Readers in Forest City wore masks and robes and
circled each other in opposite lines.
The lines went around the room. When groups were large, they formed
several lines. The lines passed each other.
Each person touched hands while looking at the eyes of the person
there were multiple lines, the lines crossed each other and people all
changed direction at same time so the pattern would change.
The larger the group, the better the communication.
said, in a Line Read, you could speak to the person, or just speak in
general, but it had to be in low harmonious tone to resonate with the
The rule was that you cleared
your mind and
didn’t focus on who was there, but instead Read information from their
touch, word and eyes.
Since people wore masks and
robes, nobody was sure which
person was the Queen, or just an ordinary person with something to say.
It could be anybody.
JoRR said that masks and
robes hung in the
hall available when people arrived. Some people already wore a mask,
but less important people picked out a mask and robe before entering.
Then they would go inside the room through a door, and join the people
who were already moving in Line.
was that Forest City was entirely Line Readers, and that the Queen
received all information in this manner, and dispensed information the
It was the Hive Mentality.
Line Readers were the power behind the New Kingdom.
After a while, JoRR was assigned elsewhere, and no longer guarded the
He got homesick and returned to his family and daughter in Texas.
Bobber thought to himself, he should try the Line Reader.
Maybe it would help sell the crystal.
Nothing to lose.
Bobber knew information could be gleaned from shaking a person’s hand.
labor men had calluses over the entire surface. While a boatman, had
calluses in specific places. A woman’s hand might have fragrance. A
hard working person would have a warm hand, and a frail person might
offer a cold hand.
Yes there was truth behind it.
Bobber offered JoRR payment for the information, but JoRR asked a
He wanted to go to New Galveston when the Queen arrived but didn’t
have Cartage passes for both his daughter and himself.
His daughter Windrock wanted to Line Read with the Queen.
Winrock had the gift. She saved their lives.
She was willing to share the Queen’s gift with Texas.
Bobber was stunned at the opportunity. The story was amazing. He paused
a long time.
JoRR asked another favor. Bobber would have to Read with the daughter
to clear passageway to New Galveston.
Bobber was quizzed by the second favor. Clear passageway? Why not get
on the cartage and change coaches until you were going the right
Tipping his head to show uncertainty, Bobber nodded. He had to
After thinking for a moment, Bobber added his own requirement.
He would travel with JoRR and Windrock to New Galveston. It
would be advantageous for business.
exchange, Bobber would incur half of JoRR’s debt for cartage.
Agreement was reached. JoRR would return with his daughter.
Sale of the crystal could bring real advantage. But it was a bad time
to leave the Trade Box.
Passage was going to be scarce.
Many people wanted to go to New Galveston to gain information about
missing family and see the Queen.
Bobber pulled favors to gain sponsorship.
needed local sponsors for two reasons: to reassure people about his
plans, and pay for cartage. He gave away most his worth after the fire
Bobber spread word that he would seek trade contacts for each person
willing to sponsor his trip to New Galveston.
knew Bobber was true to his word. But opinion passed that Bobber was
necessary to keep peace, and someone else should go instead.
Things were undecided.
First Bobber had to meet with Windrock. And then learn about Line
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