A new entry in The Omicron Matter – Knowledge Discovered. Millicent arrives in Dunstable with the group and meets up with Jason and John. She tells the group to have some fun because tomorrow will be a hard day. Millicent and Liam find a tea shop to discuss other matters.
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Millicent – Arrival in Dunstable
Millicent shook Liam and said, “We’re here Mr. O’Hannigan.”
Liam stretched and said, “Right. We’ll get Rachael out first and then get the luggage. The big boys should be at the station to help.”
Millicent said, “Big boys? …Jason and John? I didn’t ask them to be there.”
Liam shrugged and then grinned as he said, “But I did. They need to work a bit for their keep. And you’re not the only one who knows how to send messages.” He stepped out of the cabin and then held the door to allow Millicent, Simone and Eleanor out.
The luggage and people gathered in front of the station. Three large crates held special equipment that she would use investigating The Iterum. One of those crates contained a small, fully charged drone in contact with Charles. This visit, she would have the resources to do a proper investigation.
As Liam predicted, Jason and John arrived at the station each driving a wagon. They had completed the water heater a few days ago. Since they had arrived they had learned to lay tile, plumb bathrooms, and a bit of rough carpentry. While they might view the skills as “useless”, Millicent thought it was all to the best. She looked at Jason and John, “The water heater functions?”
Jason smiled and puffed out his chest a little bit, “Better than the first.” Then pointed to John, “John had some good suggestions.”
Millicent smiled and moved past them, “Good. Glad things are working better. I could use a good bath after a long train ride.”
Jason scratched his head as she went by, “You’ll have to work that out with Jolene.”
Most people stayed at the “Cow and Pig” but two would have to stay elsewhere. Regardless, the group assembled at the “Cow and Pig” and met up with people from the visit last fall. Millicent called the assembled group together. “We’ll start work at The Iterum tomorrow. I have said before that knowing what Jason’s parents did was important. Looking at the notebooks, I am even more convinced of this. Tonight you should rest, see the new water heater and have some fun. Tomorrow we start right after breakfast. “
With her dismissal, most everyone gathered around Jason and John. Stories were being shared about the water heater and the door chime. Millicent watched the group for a bit and then returned to her own table. Liam was at her shoulder, “Not joining the gab fest?”
Millicent sighed for a moment and said, “This is as it should be. They have to trust and depend on each other and learn to be without me.”
Liam tsked and said, “Ye’ve always been the outsider?”
Millicent said, “John Smith and me both. It is the nature of our kind I suppose. Or at least it used to be..”
Liam asked, “And how will such a loner spend the afternoon?”
Millicent said, “A walk, a spot of tea in a lovely tea shoppe and a trip to the public baths.”
Liam glanced over at the crowd of young engineers and then back at her and said, “If you’ll suffer a bit of company, I’d just as soon have spot of tea myself. And trains can be so sooty.”
Millicent bowed and said, “For you, I shall break my solitude for a day.”