Installment 12 of the Immortal Blair,” has so much in it I think we’ll be discussing it for a while. It’s called Waiting Centuries for You.
Janice lives in terrible surroundings, and seems to be a badly damaged woman. But she turns out to have hidden depths. She might even be an Immortal. That’s unclear at this point, but her poetic insight is undeniable.
She’s talking to Blair about an Imax movie she saw. Here’s how she describes it.
There were two skydivers, a man and woman, doing tricks in the air before their parachutes come out. Somersaults, holding hands and spinning. They can’t do it forever, of course, or they’ll go splat. The man lets out his parachute first, all bright and billowy above him. But the camera is with the woman, and she hasn’t let out her own parachute yet. So you know what it looks like? It looks like the man is yanked up and away, really fast, torn out of the picture. But actually, he’s just slowed down, and she’s the one who’s moving. One moment he’s in her world, skydancing with her; the next moment the air grabs him and he’s gone.
The air is so light and thin. How can it do that? How can it grab someone and take them away?
But time is even lighter than air. Time is the lightest thing there is. And yet it grabs people and takes them away. Every one of them.
I found this almost unbearably beautiful. It’s certainly a description of what life is like for an Immortal: Everyone is snatched away from them. I’m beginning to more fully understand their loneliness. — Kate