A Wrinkle In Time Chp. 5; The Tesseract
Moving to Chicago, Illinois and a new apartment and job hunting are not exactly the best working conditions for illustration work, but Chapter 5 is finally complete and I hope it was worth the wait!
A Wrinkle In Time
Chp. 5; The Tesseract
When we last left our heros, they had finally discovered where the Murry father had been this entire time, enveloped in a black amorphous thing shrouding a planet. The news of this for Meg, the fact that her father is not only alive but in immediate danger, is too much for her to handle and she begins to throw a fit. They have to go rescue her father and to get there, they will have to tesser, that concept no one will explain to Meg.
After Meg blows off some steam, a plan is set, to go forward and put an end to that black cloud and its dastardly ways. Our party tessers, an experience Meg still can’t put her finger on, the great gust of wind thrusting her into absolute nothingness. Except this time, there are complications. The trio of witches tesser our three earthen heros onto an actual two-dimensional planet that presses them flat and rips the oxygen from their lungs.
A quick correction saves our heros who travel to one more planet, a little unappealing rock in Orion’s belt, the air itself grey not with fog but something equally as opaque. As they walk through the grey, Meg bickers with Mrs. Which, the person responsible for almost getting them killed on the two dimensional planet. During the arguement, Mrs. Whatsit’s age is revealed as 2,379,152,497 years old making her the youngest of the three women.
Eventually they come upon the mouth of a cave and follow a flickering light at end of a rocky hallway. Inside is the Happy Medium, a joyous woman drapped in flowing mauve robes laughing at what she is watching in the crystal ball clutched in her hand. Introductions are made and Mrs. Whatsit explains to the Happy Medium that they wish to show the children “their home planet”. Instantly all the humor floods from the Happy Medium’s face at the prospect of having to look at something so troubling.
Reluctantly, the Happy Medium lowers her crystal ball and lets the three children peer into its surface. Inside, galaxies whiz by as their view draws nearer to the Earth. At first the Earth appears as Meg remembers from her Social Studies textbook but soon the malaise returns, that cloud of blackish smoke choking their planet. Its the same Dark Thing they saw from the peak on Uriel. The three ask what they can do to combat such a thing and Mrs. Whatsit explains that their planet has been fighting the good fight for quite sometime. People such as Bach and Ghadi and Beethoven and Madame Curie and Einstein have been combating the darkness for a long time and on Earth, a minor blip in the entirety of the universe for which the children should be proud.
I’ve been in Chicago for four days (4!!!) and its pretty splendiferous so far. Mexican grocery stores, snacks from tiny bakeries, fireworks every night and walking till my dogs are dead tired. All in all, pretty great.