Tags: In Progress, Serials
This is part one of a Choose Your Own Adventure series for the Amazing Lace KAL.
We’ve been on the train for 5 hours, our knitting needles click-clacking as the train shifts back and forth on its metal haunches. A yawn escapes from my mouth. Another row of garter stitch. I glance over to see how you’re doing; faster than I. Harumph.
A man with a dark hat and small, round glasses enters our car. “Excuse me. Are you ze famous Eva Katamari, international spice merchant… and illegal yarns dealer?” He lets his voice lower with those last four words. I glance about to ensure noone heard him.
“You’re looking in the wrong place, stranger. I sell mercerized cotton. Nothing illegal about that.”
“I have a message from Lazlo Kalbanian. He sends his regards. And this.” From his tailored red suit he pulls a small sample skein of what looks like cashmere. I stop in mid stitch to gaze at it. You put down your needles and snatch it from his hands, stuff your magnifying loupe into the crook of your eye and inspect it, gleefully.
“You’ll have to excuse my partner,” I say. “Used to chew aluminium needles.”
“There’s hardly a flaw!” you marvel at the fibre.
“Zere are no flaws. And no fibre,” the man whispers. You look up, confused.
“Listen, buddy. What are you playing at? You’re really starting to crimp my skirt.” I growl, acidly.
“Have you ever heard of… Ze One Spinner?”
Your eyes widen, letting the loupe fall and smash on the ground. The whole car is quiet.
“They say she spins molecules.”
“Zat’s right. And Lazlo wants you to find her.”
A thousand ideas race through your mind. In hiding for 20 years. Rumours of Zamibia. Iceland. Mongolia. Canada. Is she in Canada?
“Lazlo wants you because you are ze only one who can find her. She is in danger. And so are you, now zat I have contacted you.”
Suddenly, you hear a scream. A scream you recognize.
“Katerina!” I burst into the next cabin, but it’s too late. She was knitting. Knitting the same pattern as I was. Knit one, kill two. They got the wrong Katamari.
The man turns to you, expectantly. “Well?”
It’s time to choose your path. Do you take his offer or reject it? Leave your vote in the comments!
This Amazing Lace entry is submitted under “X-tremely morbid,” “X-tremely monochrome” and “X-tremely melodramatic.”
Continue on to Part Two.