Dear readers, tonight with me is young woman, a Teller’s apprentice, from the lost colony on Luna.
When the vast and ancient machines that bring rains to the Dust of Luna fail, she – together with a band of fellow travelers – must face a long journey into the forsaken ruins of the Mongers’ abandoned cities, seeking a way to ensure a happy ending for her people.
She is here to tell us about life in the distant future.
Tell us a little about where you grew up. What was it like there?
I was born to New Harlan Camp, one of the five largest Camps. Life was hard, of course, but no harder than it is for anyone born to the Dust. Daddy worked the mines, Mama was the Camp’s senior Yarb-Wife, and my brother, Enoch, was busy with his apprenticeship to the Engineers’ Union. I helped Mama most days, treating sickness and such, until I neared my seventeenth harvest. That’s when Jonah came calling and took me on as his apprentice. Reckon I didn’t have too much time for anything but my studies, after that.
Did you have any favourite toys as a child? Any cherished memories?
When I had seen one score and ten harvests, Jonah took me to the Grand Hall. It was the first time I had ever left New Harlan, and I still remember the wonders of it. It was where the Tellers were founded, where the Council of Picard had been held. There were books -so many books! – and carved records, and even great memory-machines scavenged from the cities of the Mongers. That was the day I was given my Teller’s coat and my guitar, the first things I had ever really touched that had been from the Paradise of our Ancestors. I spent two whole harvests there, learning the Ancestor’s tongue, the Old Calendar, and so many other things besides. It was amazing, to have my horizons broadened so far.
What do you do now?
I am the apprentice to Jonah Teller, the Teller of New Harlan. My lessons are mostly complete, though. Most of my time is spent teaching the youngins of the Camp, helping them learn what they’ll need to know before they join a Union. Continue reading “Elisheva Miller (of Songs of Earth, by Eugene W. Cundiff)”