((The Wednesday Triple: page 3 of 3))
‘Yes and no,’ said Garovel. ‘From what I’ve seen, they do have a concept of us, at least. In their mythologies, religion, and entertainment, that is. But they don’t think we’re real or that we’re connected to the superhumans that they’ve heard about. To them, we’re these kind of phantom-creatures who exist in nightmares or some sort of imaginary hell-dimension, perhaps. Which isn’t THAT far off, I suppose.’
‘I see. That’s very different from Sair, where we’re seen as entirely one with nature.’
“I wouldn’t say entirely one with nature,” added Melchor. He turned to Hector. “But that makes me curious. What do you see reapers as?”
It took Hector a second to understand what he meant. “Oh. Ah... I see them as... scythe-wielding skeletons. And wearing a kind of... black shroud, I guess.” He’d never told that to anyone but Garovel before. Somehow, it felt a little embarrassing to admit, like telling someone his middle name or some other mild secret.
“That sounds very strange to me,” said Melchor. “Is it not unsettling to see such a thing all the time?”
Hector gave a small shrug. “I hadn’t really thought about it. Always seemed about right to me.”
“What about you? What do you see them as?”
“Blue jays,” said Melchor.
Hector’s brow furrowed in disbelief. “Birds? Really?”
Melchor chortled faintly. “Is that so strange to you?”
“Uh... kinda, yeah. I mean, that’s just so... normal. They really just look like birds to you?”
“Their eyes glow.”
“Huh. Do they flap their wings?”
“Do their beaks move when they talk?”
“Do they, like... perch on top of things?”
“Occasionally, but not often.”
Hector had to stop himself from asking if Melchor had ever confused them with real blue jays. After a few beats of silence, he instead said, “I have a lot more questions.”
That made Melchor laugh, a bit harder this time.