“Not much of a south wall on this one, Bettie. We can give it to them.”
“I’ll put it down as a ‘maybe’,” replied Buster’s more unyielding mate.
“What’s next?” she then adds. “Where’s the 12th?”
“Um. That may take some more scouting.”
“Better get to it. Night is short.”
“Not as short as some nights, Bettie. Let’s go!” They take to the air again. Bettie turns tiny and Buster changes into his bat form to speed things along.
“Didn’t take long. I *think* this is it. If memory serves. Pretty weak overall, eh?”
“Dunno,” says Bettie to Buster-bat. “‘Maybe’, again. Is this what they use to call Golden Sink?”
“That or the other one,” he returns. “Now let’s look at Callingwood. I know where that is — know the sim name.” They fly off once more, to the northeast instead of west (I’ll provide a map soon).
“Hold on, what’s this? (Osiliers) Looks like a sinkhole to me.”
“Nah, Bettie. No texture change. This wouldn’t convince them. Plus it’s not supported by surface infrastructure. Although, again, this *could* have been what they called Golden Sink, the 12th. Unsure.”
“I’ll log it in, whatever.” She checks her inworld map and points northeast. “Callingwood’s just ahead.”
“Hmm, Bettie. Just ‘hmmm’.”
“There’s the texture change,” encouraged Bettie. “Sort of.” She looked around at the large, flat “basin”. But they weren’t allowed to call it that. Both were thinking the word, though. Not sink: basin.
“It’s fascinating nonetheless,” a resigned Buster spoke. “Some quite interesting
mountain hill country to the north. I suppose, also, this is what Baker Bloch called the Satori Flats. In looking at it again, I agree with that name.”
“Center of the continent, Another candidate. Middle of nowhere.”
“Use to be (small) pyramids as well. Baker Bloch lived amongst them for a little while.”
“Must be the influence…”
“Yeah,” Buster agreed, not wanting Bettie to say the name. Blue Feather Douglas once more.
“And the 13th? — if this isn’t the 13th?” Both, again, were thinking this wasn’t the 13th. Basin or Flats were better names indeed. But that’s what’s so frustrating and fascinating both about the Maebaliea continent and its *depressions* — that’s a generally accepted neutral word for both parties. Now. In the past: a different deal-i-o. It’s all quite complicated, and thus yet another need for the study called Sinkology.