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They quickly gather together their picnic brunch, stuff it into their backpacks, and gallop down the slopes they’d climbed so slowly before. They wave to the Norse ruins as they pass by and splash onto the walkway to find the tide is up to their waists and surging in fast. From the other shore, people look on anxiously at the two people stranded on the island. But when the women dive into the sea, clothes, backpacks and all, a wave of shock enters them. Few Orcadians swim in local waters since they are so cold, and fewer fully clothed.

You never struck me at the festival as a doctoral type,’ admits Camilla. ‘So what’s a doctoral type? We don’t play into all that Oxford and Cambridge upper class crap back home. ’ Camilla blanches, then her face reddens. ’ ‘You didn’t need to. It was written all over your face,’ retorts Cowrie, with a grin. ‘C’mon Camilla, it’s no big deal. I recall touring once doing readings and two twinset and pearls ladies from the bookstore in Palmerston North came to collect me. They expected some kind of bespectacled touring author with a PhD and they got a wild Hawai’ian Maori in jandals.

Cowrie gives up in disgust and changes the topic, asking Camilla if she would be interested in finding out more about the Stone-age village of Skara Brae and suggesting they visit the place sometime. Camilla agrees it would be very educational and besides, she has a visitor’s pass to all British and Scottish castles and monuments administered by Historic England and Scotland. ‘No wonder you didn’t want to scale the wall,’ exclaims Cowrie. ’ Camilla drops the cup she is drying. It crashes onto the floor, shattering into several pieces.

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