Wheeler logs back in and finishes what she was going to do this night: lower the Bermingham portal, sans rock arch, down to Collagesity and complete the emptying of the Muff skybox. Baker logs back in. Wheeler invites him to join her in Collagesity East, where he is able to complete his own story tonight as Bookworm. Wheeler stays logged in just in case more adjustments are needed to the portal.
“I wonder if that’s Richard Petty’s car?” the character asks about Jasper series collage “Wilsonia Driver.”
“Oh my dear, what is that?” exclaims the learned scholar when looking around the corner and spotting the lowered portal, which just appeared out of nowhere in his time. “Do you know sleeping lady? Mrs. Lady??”
He leaves her and wanders into the small greenspace leading to Audrey’s, a second and newer entrance.
“Two redbirds,” he notes. “One inside, one out. The tree seems to mark a boundary.” Learned scholars tend to think aloud when figuring stuff out. Bookworm is certainly no exception to the rule.
“Hmm. Curious, I was just here and didn’t notice that intrusion to the collage.”
In order, he writes down the letters on the plaque the man (me?) holds in the collage: 5×5.
Bookworm goes back to his newly rented apartment and ponders on what he’s just seen.