II. [Chapter Synopsis]
Open with a group of uniformed seven year olds asking, “Mrs
Havenshack? Mrs?” She comes back to her self to find herself
in charge of a classroom. Cecily is substitute teaching at an
English curriculum Catholic School, one of several part time jobs
she has obtained in Mombassa.
Flashbacks and vignettes of arriving in Mombassa and surviving,
settling and adjusting are scattered throughout the chapter/s.
Later, walking home after school, chased by a flock of pigeons
almost half a block, she thinks maybe she sees Beau in the marketplace.
She is unnerved. Bad memories, both personal and international,
visit her dreams. Talks herself out of actually seeing him, then
she glimpses him again and is now off balance with a bad case
of the jitters. Now that she has maybe found him, she’s
completely off balance.
Cecily deals with conflicting urges to rend Beau’s limbs
or run back to the hills.