Bunyip Whispers in The Dreamtime

© Suzanna Joy


Chapter 7

Bruce Comes To Stay

(DISTANT BUSH SOUNDS + PIGEONS)

Narrator

Several weeks later, Bunyip came over to see how things were with the three of them. Bruce was beginning to get good colour back in his face; he had learned to help Anna and her father with the chores about the property. The change in his metabolism now that he was no longer using any kind of drugs had given him a new vigour and energy in his daily life. He was beginning to acknowledge the bunyip as a part of the landscape. When she came over to Anna's place she found him learning how to care for the pigeons.

Bruce

(ENTHUSIASTICALLY) I am finding that I really can get along without using mind altering substances. Everything's different these days, Miss Bunyip!

Bunyip

(FIRMLY) Well, it won't really be, until you do something to make amends. Otherwise you will hold onto your old ways.

Narrator

Bruce shuddered.

Bruce

(HYSTERIA IN HIS VOICE)I can't do that. (EARNESTLY)No I don't want to. I mean it. What do I have to do to prevent that from happening?

Anna

I've been talking to Bunyip about it. You can become one of us.

Bruce

I'd really like that. I think you and Bunyip are completely different. What must I do to become one of your Clan?

Bunyip

You can start by coming down to the Peregian Moonfest Gathering. It will be a fitting start to your awakening. A sort of initiation ceremony.

Bruce

(EAGER SPEAK IN A WAY THAT BETRAYS HIS ANTICIPATION OF SOME KIND OF REVELATION.) What do you mean?

Anna

You know! It's like a tribal conclave, but with a difference. It has a truly spiritual core and delves deep into the three Fs: Flora, Fauna and Fungi. Relocalisation and Permaculture.

(BOARDFADE)