What happens when you take your obsession on holidays?

DSC_1284A holiday to far north Queensland with my dear friends, Pauline and Ron, took me away from my book. The trip had been pre-planned for months and somehow I had to wrench myself from the computer. Like a newborn child I couldn’t leave it, so I took my writing with me.

The day before we left, we found out that a category 5 cyclone  was bearing down on Cooktown, some 650 kilometres away from our destination, Townsville.

When we arrived it was calm and sunny in Townsville. The cyclone hit Cooktown and was downgraded to category 4 – nothing for us to worry about. The next day it began to rain. We watched the weather forecast closely –  the cyclone was making its way down the coast straight toward us. Should we now be worried?

The next morning I woke and all seemed calm in our solidly built apartment overlooking the sea. I got up and opened the curtains –  the wind and rain was fierce. The palm trees were being buffeted from side to side; the waves from the sea splashed over the pool. Pauline stood next to me – we  looked at each other in alarm. Is this what a cyclone is like?

The loudspeaker crackled on and a man with a deep voice announced, “Good morning, the lifts are closed until the cyclone has passed. Please stay indoors. We apologise for any inconvenience.” Our plans for the day had been thwarted – what should we do?

With my obsession never far away, my thoughts went to my book. I could use the imagery of the cyclone but what else? Could my friends re-enact the murder? After a little persuasion, they agreed to humour me. The scene was re-enacted – laughter included. I wasn’t expecting an  academy award winning performance, but they did a great job to help me visualise how the murder might have happened. But it created more questions. I wondered why the woman hadn’t run out of the house while her husband was being stabbed. She had picked up the phone instead.

Soon after, the sky cleared. We looked out of the window – people were on the beach, children were in the pool. The cyclone had passed.

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5 thoughts on “What happens when you take your obsession on holidays?

  1. Anonymous July 4, 2015 / 9:42 am

    What an interesting slant….your own Ocean Island (hotel room), in a tropical paradise(burgeoning Townsville!), with crashing waves….over an infinity pool! I’d like to review the Hotel security camera’s for your “murder scene”!! Well done Sylv…the blog is amazing.

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    • S.C Karakaltsas July 4, 2015 / 11:23 am

      Thank you so much for your interest. I hadn’t thought of Hotel security cameras’- they might have a different perspective to my narrative.

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  2. Benn mit July 4, 2015 / 11:52 pm

    Terrific allegory with the cyclone. Well done.

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  3. Jean M. Cogdell July 10, 2015 / 1:51 am

    What fun and what great friends to join in and help with the scene. Love the idea. May steal it for a future stormy day. LOL

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