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Wind Raker -- Shadows Future

I'm very excited that the third Order of the Air book, Silver Bullet, will be out in November. However, Melissa and I are already nearly half done with the fourth book, Wind Raker! I thought I'd share a scene from it that isn't spoilery for Silver Bullet, in which Lewis is troubled by shadows of the future as the team tests a new sea plane in Hawaii in 1935.



Lewis looked out over the tops of trees further down the hill, houses and neighborhoods nestled among palms, all the way to the edge of the bay blue against the white shapes of the waterfront buildings. On the horizon to the right Diamond Head made a stark line against the sky, while to the left Ford Island nestled amid the waters. The wind made the palm fronds whisper.

"It's very peaceful, isn't it?" Lewis said, wishing it were.

Stasi nodded. She was looking into the eye of the wind, her hair blown straight back from her face, tight skin showing the faint bleed of lipstick at the corners of her mouth like a stark mask, black hair, white face.

"Very peaceful," Lewis said. He looked determinedly at a car crawling along the road under the trees. Closing his eyes would only make it worse.

"You can't make it stop that way," Stasi said. She didn't look at him, only out across the bay.

"I've got to control it," Lewis said.

"You won't that way," she said. "Pushing it down will only make it come back. You have to just let it run its course." She leaned against the rail, black dress stark contrast against sky and sea, her eyes on the distant clouds over Diamond Head and Hickam Field. "What do you see?"

"Shadows on the water." Lewis blinked, lifting his face into the wind. "Like great flocks of birds. The shadow of their wings on the waves." He shook his head. "I don't know what it means."

"Don't you?" Stasi did look at him then, sideways, her arms about her midsection as she leaned on the rail.

"The end of my peace," Lewis said.

She said nothing, only waited.

"I'm oathbound," he said. "I swore an oath under the trees at Lake Nemi. I belong to Diana, and I lead a charmed life until She calls me. Until She calls for the sacrifice." The wind stirred his hair, plucking at the sleeves of his shirt, slipping inside his collar cool and quiet. "It's just that I love life too much. I don't want it to be over." He lifted his head, watching the shapes of clouds, the swooping shapes that weren't really there. "I'll do what needs to be done when the time comes. And She's given me beautiful years, none better in the world. I just don't want it to be soon. That's all."

Stasi said nothing, just took his fingers and squeezed them.

Beyond, the shadows of clouds shifted across Pearl Harbor.

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just_ann_now
Sep. 12th, 2013 09:08 pm (UTC)
Aiyeeee! Excellent!
jo_graham
Sep. 12th, 2013 09:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Lewis has known what his fate is for a long time.
tricksterquinn
Sep. 12th, 2013 09:10 pm (UTC)
Creeeepy. She's good to him. I'm glad he has the support.
jo_graham
Sep. 12th, 2013 09:43 pm (UTC)
Stasi is good for Lewis. She doesn't like those shadows future either.
hand2hand
Sep. 12th, 2013 11:22 pm (UTC)
Very much looking forward to both these books. Thank you.
jo_graham
Sep. 13th, 2013 02:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you're looking forward to it.
squishydish
Sep. 13th, 2013 07:05 am (UTC)
"The shadows of their wings on the waves."
Shadows as negative reflections: negative-->null-->Zeros.
Ai-oi!

All too soon, The War to End War will have become merely the FIRST world war. Brace yourselves, Order of the Air!

"Shadows on the water" indeed...
jo_graham
Sep. 13th, 2013 03:13 pm (UTC)
Oh yes! You totally got Lewis' mental shorthand. And of course as an aviator what he sees are the planes, their shadows dipping and diving as they attack. Only six years later. The plans have already been written.

And the end of his peace, as he expects. The end of peace. What do you think Lewis' fate will be?
angelsallfire
Sep. 13th, 2013 12:02 pm (UTC)
HOLY. FRAK.
jo_graham
Sep. 13th, 2013 03:14 pm (UTC)
Oh very much so! Thoughts?
angelsallfire
Sep. 13th, 2013 03:31 pm (UTC)
Pearl frickin' Harbor is a place no psychic wants to be, ever!
Poor Lewis...how much of that dark mood is just being there, in that place, and how much of it is his belonging to Diana?
jo_graham
Sep. 14th, 2013 04:16 pm (UTC)
Some of both, I think. The shadows are very near, and that's bothering him. And part of it is what else is going on at this point in the book. Diana has shown him a task and he has no idea how to accomplish it, but the stakes for failing to do so are high.
mkatlantis_13
Sep. 14th, 2013 03:10 pm (UTC)
Stasi and Lewis seem to have grown close in the intervening years since they first met and I heartily approve. I imagine its friendship and teacher/student feelings. Lewis doesn't strike me as the kind who would be open to more than that. (Maybe I'm completely wrong.)

The approaching Second World War (granted for us readers, it's a few books off) I imagine would send ripples of psychic pain and shadow outward from hotspots. Makes perfect sense to me. And I agree with the person above, Pearl Harbor would be no place for a psychic.

Thought: previous excerpt indicated that Alma was in the RAF in Europe. If Lewis and Stasi are here (and I realize they're six years early) does that mean that the Aedificatorii Templi are going to be spread across the world trying to hold together a world determined to fly apart? Perhaps Lewis flying a fighter off the deck of Enterprise?
jo_graham
Sep. 14th, 2013 04:20 pm (UTC)
Yes, Lewis and Stasi are just friends. They understand each other in a lot of ways, but it's not more than friendship. Stasi makes it clear in Silver Bullet that Lewis is not her type at all and that she has no romantic interest there.

Lots of psychic ripples! Silver Bullet is the tipping point, November and December 1932, when everything tilts toward the war and the pieces are all coming on the board, though of course the characters are only dimly aware of it. And after all, it's not that important, right? Making a mountain out of a molehill.... By Wind Raker, two and a half years later, the war is coming. Wind Raker is when Lewis and Jerry become clear on that, though Mitch and Alma aren't sold on that.

They will indeed be spread across the world! There's a lot of work put before them, more than they can possibly do. I just posted a piece for you from Night World, in early 1942, with Lewis -- just for you! :)
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