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Title: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: Dominic1978 on April 11, 2018, 03:01:29 PM

I just received below e-mail from sylvanastories[at]gmail[dot]com

*****

Dearest Friends,

I am coming out a long seclusion because I need your help. I was visiting with friends in Prague when I was encouraged (via gunpoint) to meet with a new client. As I value my life I decided to break my long-standing rule of no new clients and met with a young woman who I will refer to as Natasha, after one of my favorite characters in literature, because you would recognize her real name in an instant.

We sat in small café where we ordered chlebicek and discussed her situation.

“Don’t you think half a dozen armed guards is a little bit of overkill?” I asked.

“Not if you knew who was after me.”

It turned out that what she wanted was protection, since she knew I was in contact with a number of high-profile underworld operators, and a card reading. Since I didn’t have any cards with me she dispatched a member of her entourage to fetch a deck from a local bookstore. I did a simple spread and she was quite agitated with my reading.

“That settles it; I’m moving to my next location. I have a contact there who will get in touch with you.”

“Where will you be going?”

“I can’t say, but I will give you hint. It is a city on the banks of an ancient river which was essential to a core civilization.”

“Well, that narrows it down,” I said sarcastically.

“Like I said, someone will be in touch.”

I told her that I would do my best to raise a few contacts around the globe who might be able to assist her and she said, “We're going to need an army.”

“Who is after you? And why?”

She sighed. “That is something you will have to figure out for yourself. Let me just say that the man who is after me is very powerful, and right now he is determined to wreak havoc on a global scale the likes of which nobody has ever seen.”

I felt a shiver go up my spine. “How?”

“He is a brilliant financial and political prodigy, although he is actually famous for something quite different. He works out in the open as a successful person in his field, but behind the scenes he toys with and manipulates markets, crashing some while sending others skyrocketing, and he bribes politicians, pundits, and writers to create mass chaos.”

“I think I know who you might be talking about. . .”

She cut me off abruptly, “You don’t.”

I nodded thoughtfully. “Okay, well how shall we refer to him?”

“I call him the man without a face.”

“Without a face?”

“I don’t mean that literally, of course. You’ll have to look beneath the surface.” With that she refused to say another word. She gathered up her things and was escorted to a large black SUV by her thugs. I sat for a few minutes in bewildered silence and finished my chlebicek before ordering coffee. Then I took out my notebook and made a list of every person I knew who would be able to help me.

* * *

I am contacting you, dear ones, because I have either worked with you before or because a close friend has recommended you as someone who can be trusted. As a marker of your mission I will eventually ask you to carry a special artifact with you at all times, but we will get that later, after you have passed several tests letting me know the depth of your commitment. I can’t say you won’t be in danger, so there will be no hard feelings if you feel you can’t join the cause at this time.

For now, if you are interested in going further, please send an email to me with the name of a card from the minor arcana and I will give you a reading. If you do not wish to receive my emails, please respond with the word REMOVE in the subject line and I will trouble you no further.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Always,

Winter Sylvana

Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: Dominic1978 on April 12, 2018, 02:51:16 AM
Woke up to a new e-mail:

*******

After leaving the coffee shop I made my way to the bookstore where Natasha had sent one of her bodyguards to buy a pack of tarot cards. It occurred to me that he left and returned so quickly that she must have known about the place beforehand. I was curious enough to do some poking around.

It was a small bookstore, not one of the big chains, and I noticed right away a large picture book on the front table filled with photographs. It was called, "Ancient Cities, Ancient Rivers." I picked it up and began perusing it when I heard someone clear their throat behind me.

"What can I do for you?" I whirled around and came face to face with a woman who at first glance seemed quite old. She had pure white hair and deeply lined skin, and she was small and slight and a little hunched over. But as I looked at her more closely I saw the muscle tone under her skin and the way she moved with confidence and strength, and also the glow in her eyes. She was either much younger or much older than she appeared.

"Someone was in here just a short time ago, to purchase a tarot deck?" I held up the deck.

"I'm sorry, I don't give refunds."

I shook my head. "No need for a refund. I was just wondering if you noticed anything strange about the transaction."

"Strange? No, not really. Well, there might have been one thing."

"What? Anything at all."

"Well, this probably doesn't mean a thing, but the man who bought the tarot deck was here yesterday as well, along with a young woman who looked oddly familiar. But I didn't say anything to her because there is no way someone like that would be here. I must have been mistaken about her so I kept my thoughts to myself."

"Mistaken as to her identity."

"Yes, she looked like someone famous."

I nodded. "Did anything else unusual happen?"

"No, she just looked through the books on the front table there and asked the man she was with, the one who came back for the tarot deck, where they should go next."

"And what did he say?"

"He just told her they should go wherever fortune takes them."

"And what did the woman say?"

"She looked confused at first but then she smiled and nodded and said that of course they would go where fortune takes them. Why hadn't she thought of that sooner?"

I smiled said, "Thank you, that was actually very helpful."

* * *

Shortly after that I went back to my hotel on foot and grabbed my bag. I always travel very lightly with just a single backpack. I grabbed it and headed to the embassy, where a friend of mine works. He game me some documents and currency and by the end of the day I was on an airplane. I'll let you know when I'm settled at my new destination.

***

Your first task after you choose a card from the minor arcana and receive your reading is to choose a card from the major arcana which will serve a role in this mission. You may NOT choose the Fool card, but all other cards are open. However, it will be first come, first serve, so please choose three major arcana cards and list them in order of preference.  I will try to give you your first choice unless it is already taken.

Choose carefully. You will work with this card for quite a while.

Thank you and all my best,
Winter
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: Russell on April 12, 2018, 10:05:51 AM
I am the magician.  :D
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: Escobar on April 12, 2018, 04:30:41 PM
Im aiming for Temperance  8)
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: amandel on April 12, 2018, 05:48:39 PM
Hi. I'm Strength. Hopefully the flexible sort like rope, a rubber band or a boa constrictor...um, better stop there. Cyas.
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: Escobar on April 13, 2018, 02:06:53 AM
It seems the Justice card is my destiny. Let’s go!
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: Jeet on April 13, 2018, 05:21:56 PM
I got the hanged man.
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: emato on April 13, 2018, 07:27:13 PM
Hello,

I am late to the party and I have just sent in my minor card and am awaiting a reply.  I have been keeping up with the posted readings though.

Looking forward to more! 
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: Escobar on April 14, 2018, 04:19:26 PM
Anyone starting to poke around in the dark yet? Trying to find a connection or reference between 'a man without a face' and 'an old riverbank'? My first association would be Egypt and pharaos (no face?), so maybe Cairo?? Or am I getting ahead of myself already?  :P
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: emato on April 14, 2018, 06:50:20 PM
Im aiming for Temperance  8)

You beat me to it!  Good choice...
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: emato on April 14, 2018, 06:54:48 PM
Am now hoping for The Hermit.  Will find out...
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: Escobar on April 15, 2018, 05:16:14 AM
Im aiming for Temperance  8)

You beat me to it!  Good choice...

Someone else did... I got Justice instead. Wonder who became Temperance now :)
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: emato on April 15, 2018, 06:56:10 PM
I am The Moon.   I'm cool with that.  :)
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: Russell on April 15, 2018, 07:51:48 PM
New email and website with our first task....

https://www.sylvanastories.com

The image on the site is of Hipparchus:

Hipparchus (c.190-c.120 BC), Ancient Greek astronomer, at the Alexandria Observatory, Egypt. At left is the armillary sphere he invented. Hipparchus is considered one of the greatest astronomers of antiquity. He calculated the length of the year and discovered the precession of the equinoxes. It is thought that the later work of Ptolemy was based on the work done by Hipparchus.

In response to my answer on the first test I have now been added to the list of major arcana  :D
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: amandel on April 16, 2018, 08:11:58 AM
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"Begin," he said, "by telling me your dreams."

I closed my eyes and begin telling him the story of a priest who had been coming to me in my dreams and giving me pieces of a map to another world

Hi all. Re that excerpt above from Winter's email: The Curious Case of the Cleric Cartographer.  Google says there were a handful of merit. It was interesting to learn that Hipparchus was also a cartographer of note "who attempted to update the world map by gathering new information and implementing them in his maps... However, very few of Hipparchus’ cartographic works exist today." SOURCE: https://geokult.wordpress.com/2011/07/24/the-history-of-mapping-hipparchus/ (https://geokult.wordpress.com/2011/07/24/the-history-of-mapping-hipparchus/)

So, anyone seeing any leads or have ideas about where Winter has landed from her email? Am clueless 'tho I'm ruling out Holland.  ;)
Also, if anyone ever needs to see the full contents of an email just give a shout & someone will post it here. Bye4Now.
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: Escobar on April 16, 2018, 11:50:39 AM
Lol Amandel, hear me few days back...  :P

Anyone starting to poke around in the dark yet? Trying to find a connection or reference between 'a man without a face' and 'an old riverbank'? My first association would be Egypt and pharaos (no face?), so maybe Cairo?? Or am I getting ahead of myself already?  :P
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: Russell on April 16, 2018, 06:24:41 PM
I received the following email:

(8)
Saturn
Caelus
Neptune
Apollo
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: amandel on April 16, 2018, 07:03:17 PM
WOW Russell. If you don't work out anything better you could email her back with these. Plse keep us informed. <3

God of Earth
God of Air
God of Water
God of Fire
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: Russell on April 16, 2018, 09:30:12 PM
Thanks amandel.

Just to say that the message was preceded by ( 8 ) which got turned into an emoji on here.
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: Jeet on April 16, 2018, 10:14:15 PM
Could someone pls post the third email since I didn't get it so I am missing that part of the story. Thanks!
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: amandel on April 17, 2018, 03:14:58 AM
Here's that 3rd Winter email (Title: Heaven and Earth) under the *spoiler* just to condense the space...like virtual Campbells soup.  :)

Spoiler: show
 Dearest Friends,

When my plane landed, despite my exhaustion, I went immediately to visit an old friend of mine who lived in the area. It was an arduous journey because he lives on top of a mountain. I hired a driver and it was quite treacherous, then I had to stumble along a moonlit path until I finally found his house, which was surprisingly palatial. This was no mountaintop hermit living in a cave dressed in rags, although a hermit he may be. I hoped he was there and in a welcoming mood, because he has no telephone, no cellphone, no email or internet.

"Why do you have to make it so difficult to find you?" I asked, once I was settled on his back deck with a cup of hot chocolate and a lambswool throw.

He gestured to a collection of different sized telescopes sitting on his deck and said, "In order to better see the stars, of course. To get closer to God, as they say."

I shivered. "You feel closer to God up here?"

"Of course, and to all of the astronomers who came before me. Who paved the way. They spent many hours, many days, many years, many lives in the cold, in the dark, staring at the skies. I can only hope for the same."

I set down my mug on the deck railing and said, "I have come to ask you if you've seen any changes in the stars."

"It's too soon for that Winter."

"What do you mean?" I asked.

"The heavens are vast. We cannot begin our study of them until we know what we're looking for."

"I see. So how do we begin?"

"Begin," he said, "by telling me your dreams."

I closed my eyes and begin telling him the story of a priest who had been coming to me in my dreams and giving me pieces of a map to another world.

* * *

Before you can begin your mission you must complete a series of lessons. The first few lessons will be simple, and are designed to get you into the mindset of an explorer. After that, they will become more challenging, and you will need to lean on each other to decipher them.

I have created a website for you to use as portal for the lessons and for your mission. I will be adding your names next to the cards you have chosen, so please let me know how you would like to be referred to on the website, and whether or not you would like me to include your twitter handle.

Thank you to those who have chosen to follow me on this journey. I wish you luck.

All of My Love Always,
Winter

https://www.sylvanastories.com
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: Russell on April 18, 2018, 03:43:22 PM
So i got a nudge:

Quote
A further hint for your efforts:

The eight is simply a quantity.

Saturn is also known as...

My thoughts therefore are that we are looking for an 8 letter word linking these 4 or its hinting at the planets. 

Its odd though that 3 are roman and one is greek.

*Edit* "Twenty-five years before Uranus was discovered, Nicolas Louis de Lacaille identified a constellation that became known as Caelum Scalptorium."

Also if you update the list:

Roman      Current

Saturn       Saturn   
Caelus       Uranus
Neptune    Neptune
Apollo       Sol / Sun

The new list spells suns...
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: Escobar on April 18, 2018, 04:31:49 PM
Im so jealous that you got a hint already. Im still waiting for an reply on my first assigment.  :-*

But nevertheless, I looked at this nudge and found that Saturn was known to the Greek as Cronus. Maybe that helps a bit.
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: Lunsford on April 18, 2018, 07:08:01 PM
Hi old friends.

I filled out the contact page asking to be added to Winter's list. I'll let ya'll know what I get back  8)

Lu
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: pbemaddy on April 18, 2018, 08:46:35 PM
Im aiming for Temperance  8)

You beat me to it!  Good choice...

Someone else did... I got Justice instead. Wonder who became Temperance now :)
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: pbemaddy on April 18, 2018, 08:56:59 PM
Temperance reporting in  ;)

Some of you here I recognize from previous encounters. I had toyed briefly with the idea of creating a new persona for this... but decided in favor of utilizing existing connections.

It's been way too long since my last adventure; I'm needing this.

It appears that some of us are further advanced in this than others, but hopefully we'll all be up to speed shortly. Cheers!
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: Rorschach on April 18, 2018, 10:00:59 PM
I think I'll clumsily jump into this.  Hello all.
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: amandel on April 19, 2018, 10:33:08 AM
HI to everyone here! *dances  happily down memory lane for a minute* Russell, am still  totally clueless re your puzzle but....

I found this by accident:  https://twitter.com/wintersylvana (https://twitter.com/wintersylvana) Let the Winter stalking begin (and questions too!).  ;D
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: Blackbird on April 19, 2018, 03:44:14 PM
Greetings! I'm Blackbird and I hope I can help contribute. My major card is The Lovers.
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: Lunsford on April 19, 2018, 10:01:01 PM
received an email back from Winter:

Dearest Friends,

I have been reading all of your responses to the first assignment and I am deeply moved. You are a bright and creative group of people. I think we can save the world together.

While there are no right answers to your responses, a few of you have responded somewhat...differently, and I've given you a tiny snippet of information which may become important later on.

Later today I will notify those of you who have completed the first assignment and give you directions on what to do next.

Also, if you haven't let me know how you would like to be listed on the website, please do so ASAP so that I can indicate who has been assigned to each card.

Those of you who recently requested joining the list, I will complete your readings and assign you to a card very soon.

Now, to continue my story...

* * *

After telling H about my dream he mentioned someone whom I should talk to, who unfortunately lives on another continent. I told him I should leave immediately as I had quite a bit of traveling to do.

"You'll have to wait until morning. There is nobody here to take you back down the mountain and you cannot go alone in the dark."

I assented and asked him about living here in such a forbidding place.

"I have not choice. I am kind of a prisoner here."

When I protested H waived his hand dismissively.

"Do not worry about me. Wealth has its comforts. I can do a great deal of studying here and I am learning much about the present situation. I can also study the skies. And I have people who come and go to bring me things, thing that are difficult to get, and they also bring me company and tell me stories about the world."

"Like me?" I laughed.

"Like you, although you are company of a different sort."

"How so?" I asked.

"You're visit is going to require rallying the troops, so to speak."

"I am doing a little of that as well."

H sighed, then smiled a tight little smile. "Unfortunately, we're going to need all the help we can get. I have a small group of people whom I can bring together in situations like this, but I'm going to need your help, and the help of your friends. It's a very delicate process. We cannot communicate with them using traditional means."

"I understand. How many?"

"I have six friends in six different parts of the world. The first you will go to is in a place separated by mountains named for a character in Greek Mythology."

"When do I leave?"

"My personal assistant, Melissa, will meet you here in the morning and drive you to the airport. She will then accompany you on your journey."

"Whatever for?" I asked.

"You may need her assistance, and her protection."

I hesitated. "Protection...from a woman?"

H laughed, "That's a bit sexist."

"I certainly don't mean it like that. I was just wondering what sort of protection you're referring to."

"Let's hope you don't have to find out," H said.


That's all for now, friends. I will be in touch soon.

Best Wishes,
Winter
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: grimangel53 on April 20, 2018, 10:49:27 AM
I'm hopping in, and played the 3 of Cups, but i have not been assigned a major arcana yet.
We shall continue on, and hope that Winter's Emails arent gobbled by the Inbox Goblins.
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: emato on April 20, 2018, 02:56:54 PM
Russell:

8
Roman      Current

Saturn    Saturn   
Caelus    Uranus
Neptune   Neptune
Apollo    Sol / Sun
-----------------------------------
amandel:

God of Earth
God of Air
God of Water
God of Fire

-------------------------------
My musings:

earth -> hexahedron -> root
air -> octahedron -> Heart (4th dimension)
water -> icosahedra -> Sacral
fire -> tetrahedron -> Solar plexus (3rd dimension)

dodecahedron -> ether or universe or spirit -> the 12 constellation of the Zodiac -> 3rd Eye 8th above Chakras

(I am into the Platonic Solids and drawing them - that's why)       :P
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: amandel on April 21, 2018, 11:37:55 AM
Ernato, that is so impressive. particularly drawing an icosahedra. Hoping Winter provides us with an opportunity to view these.

Quote from: from Winter's Company email
"I have six friends in six different parts of the world. The first you will go to is in a place separated by mountains named for a character in Greek Mythology"

Was sorta bored and began searching for a location. Just my POV that if Winter isn't headed to Pieria, she should be. It's on my bucket list now: https://travelpassionate.com/things-see-pieria-greece/ (https://travelpassionate.com/things-see-pieria-greece/) Finally. Winter's latest tweet hints at something being "hidden" & that's left me clueless. https://twitter.com/wintersylvana (https://twitter.com/wintersylvana)
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: Escobar on April 22, 2018, 03:45:58 PM
Quote from: from Winter's Company email
"I have six friends in six different parts of the world. The first you will go to is in a place separated by mountains named for a character in Greek Mythology"

It could also be Atlas. The Titan was condemned to hold up the sky for eternity... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlas_(mythology) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlas_(mythology))
According to an ancient Greek myth, the warrior Perseus would have come to this place on one of his journeys. He sought a shelter and found it at Atlas. However, Atlas did not want to help Perseus. In a fit of anger, Perseus showed the head of Medusa to Atlas, turning it into a large pile of stone. This heap of stone is today known as the Atlas Mountains.
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: Escobar on April 23, 2018, 10:23:17 AM
Me again :)

In the latest email from Winter (April 19th) she said:
Quote
Later today I will notify those of you who have completed the first assignment and give you directions on what to do next.

Did anyone get another email? I havent...  ???
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: Jeet on April 23, 2018, 10:32:04 PM
Me neither, Escobar.
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: amandel on April 24, 2018, 08:05:32 AM
Hi there All. My pure guess is that Winter, if not overwhelmed, is at least whelmed  ;D by the sheer amount of player interest in her latest story. Anyway, am leaving a little tweet reply on her accn't hoping to clarify if/how we should be searching for something of interest "hidden" at Sylvana Stories. Hope that helps.
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: Russell on April 24, 2018, 11:12:34 AM
New email:

Assignment One is Complete
Now that we learned about your location,
we will learn about his.

He is the first and last HRE we will study.
Nobody knows when he was born.
Nobody knows where he was born.
The historical and the present locations will soon collide.

Best Wishes,
Winter
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: emato on April 24, 2018, 12:15:54 PM
So i got a nudge:

Quote
A further hint for your efforts:

The eight is simply a quantity.

Saturn is also known as...

My thoughts therefore are that we are looking for an 8 letter word linking these 4 or its hinting at the planets. 

Saturn is also known as  Saturnus  (8 letters) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturn_(mythology)
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: pbemaddy on April 24, 2018, 12:18:24 PM
Does anyone know what HRE means? Or who "H" is?
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: amandel on April 24, 2018, 01:11:21 PM
Does anyone know what HRE means? Or who "H" is?

Hi. Am clueless as to H's identity 'tho HRE means Holy Roman Empire. Winter has tweeted/revealed which Emperor.
Quote from: Winter's twitter
Replying to @sylvana_rk

Bingo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlemagne …
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: Escobar on April 24, 2018, 05:31:12 PM
Quote
Replying to @sylvana_rk

Bingo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlemagne …

What an awesome find Russel!
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: Escobar on April 24, 2018, 05:54:50 PM
In our quest of a location, i tried combining stuff. Winter said on Twitter that the story began 6,000 years ago. And in her first email she's referring to a city on a old riverbank. Stumbled on the wikipage of Mesopotamia... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mesopotamia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mesopotamia).

Founded 6,000 years ago and they were very fond of astrology and mythology. Im not 100% confinced yet, but maybe something to keep in mind
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: Lunsford on April 24, 2018, 06:10:31 PM
I received another e-mail from Winter:

Dearest Friends,

An update of sorts, if you will indulge me.
Patience in all things; the story will be told.
The puzzle is not like a blossom opening,
making itself apparent to all.
Rather it like a growing season,
seeds sown and watered and bathed in sunlight,
to grow within
to be harvested in the future
when the need is greater.

Melissa

Our story now merges with Melissa's story, and her story will become a story within a story. You can see why I implore you to be patient. We are all much closer now to being on the same page.

If you'll remember from my last letter, Melissa was the escort that H assignment to me for safety reasons.

I met Melissa at the airport and she was not what I expected, which will become important later. All you need to know now is that she was dressed like a school girl and carried a backpack which she would not be parted with. Nor would she divulge to contents of said backpack.

As she escorted me around the airport I was amazed at how fluent she was in multiple languages and local dialects, including English. She seemed much older and more confident than her young face and body revealed. Frankly, her demeanor was like someone from the armed forces, but she denied such a connection.

Once we were safely on the plane she told me of growing up in a very primitive and rural part of the country, where she longed to escape the drudgery of farm work and go to the city. Eventually, her wish came true when she was sold to a man who lived in the city.

"He was a terrible person," she said, opening a can of diet Coke that she begged from the flight attendant.

"How did you get away from him?" I asked.

She sipped her Coke and smiled. "I killed him."

More soon.

All my best,
Winter
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
Post by: Russell on April 26, 2018, 02:04:37 PM
Lesson 2 is up on Sylvania stories although it just says "Move carefully"