“My turn next on the typewriter. I have ideas too.”
“Of course (type type type pause type type pause type type type type bell sound/carriage return).”
“I’ll just keep filing my nails till you’re finished (type type type).” Mistress was patient. But she also didn’t have all night. Or did she?
“Did (type type type) you realize that Mistress is very close to Mattress?”
“I sat on it all night,” Mistress returned matter of factly. “Waiting on Bluebird, the sad sad girl.” One hand done. Perfection. “Very close indeed I was at the time,” she said while admiring her work.
“No no (type type). I mean the word.” Venus didn’t realize Mistress was trying to tell a joke. Maybe she should have thought of a better one. “Switch out the a with the i, switch the s with a t: the same, then.”
“Oh. Suppose (type type type). Is that what you’re writing? I’ve focused so much on my nails now that I can’t see that far. Tell me what the newest is for Bluebird, for Sugar Town, for the rest of the Big Woods.”
“New name, yes. Big Woods (bell sound/carriage return).” Venus lifts her hands from the keys, leans back.
“Funny how it’s not really that big,” interjects Mistress. “But it seems *huge* on the ground.”
“Labyrinthine,” reinforces Venus. “Just like, erm…”
“Wheeler I think.”
Pause. “Are we saying who we are now?” asks Mistress, serious this time. Totally serial.