I’m writing a series of novels: the Seeking Scylla series. Some characters dance on the edges of the narratives. Some never make it in. In Beyond Scylla blogs, I share stories and vignettes about these characters.

—We have to get to the other side.

—I can’t, Manda.

—You have to. We’re almost there.

—I’m going to be sick.

—I know. It’s the shield. The waves make you… Just five more minutes and we’ll be on the other side.

—What is happening? Oh, aaagh…. blechhh…

—It’s normal, just let it out. But quick, so we can move through and it’ll…

—I can’t.

—You can… here… hold my hand. See the flickering? We’re almost to the flipside.


—Jasie! No! Come back.

—I can’t do it.

—They’ll shoot you if you go back. Please. Here. Hold tight. Stand up, we’ll run the rest of the way.

—This is so hard.

—I know, but it’s what we have to do to get to the other side. Ready? We won’t sprint. Just a brisk jog. One, two, three, go!

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