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Living with the gorillas [Oct. 7th, 2014|05:22 am]
kyle cassidy
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When trillian_stars said "let's get away from this and live in the forest with the mountain gorillas" my initial, and somewhat vociferous response was "THAT SOUNDS UNCOMFORTABLE" -- little did I know that she travels with dozens of porters, hairdressers, cooks, carpenters, and a sea of jesters. Our tents made up a small, luxurious city by the river and no comfort was spared. Plush carpets, velour hammocks, solar power, and even a 200 gallon salt water fish-tank tended by a guy named "Steve" who was continually checking the pH and brushing the anemones who seemed to recognize him as he got close and flagellate in grateful anticipation. Every day Trillian was in the forest, learning the poetry of the gorillas. They wouldn't tolerate my presence but carefully inscribed to her works of magic and remembrance in a quiet tongue, spinning tales and histories. She listened carefully and taught a curious emperor tamarin to knit socks.

Three weeks into our stay two of the large silverbacks had moved their families into the tent formerly occupied by the tea sommelier, a woman from Saint-Étienne named Océane. This was more than enough for the young woman who had previously worked exclusively in a tiny cafe run by the remnants of the Knights Templars in the head of the Sphynx. Océane resorted to a public outburst, demanding that the expedition return home. Trillian had her fed to an anaconda that afternoon saying "Order must be preserved," but then noting, sadly, that we were out of tea.




Trillian Stars with the final cup of tea







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[User Picture]From: lilymarlowe
2014-10-07 03:10 pm (UTC)
LJ FTW! Also, tea and gorillas. Beautiful portrait of Trillian.
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[User Picture]From: darlinleo
2014-10-07 04:24 pm (UTC)
I hope every word of that story is nonfiction! This text will be in your upcoming biography along with a full layout of Gorilla photographs ... and near the end there will be a glossy of Trillian standing over a newly arrived shipment of tea and the boots Océane's anaconda couldn't digest. Right, Kyle?

(Trillian, lovely as always.)
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[User Picture]From: coffeeem
2014-10-07 04:51 pm (UTC)
Perhaps the silverback family could be encouraged to train for the tea-making job? If they knew how delicious tea is, and discovered the entergizing power of caffeine...

Then, when you two decide to return to the city, the silverbacks may elect to move to Atlanta, where they could start a family-run tea shop and package custom blends. No, maybe not Atlanta--insufficient mountains. I know--Big Bear, CA. The tourists would annoy them, but they tend to have a lot of money to spend on tea.

And just incidentally, that's a luminous portrait of Trillian. The poetry seems to agree with her.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2014-10-07 05:46 pm (UTC)
Do you want to go down this path again? REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED LAST TIME!
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[User Picture]From: coffeeem
2014-10-07 08:17 pm (UTC)
Why, yes, I do remember. *g*
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[User Picture]From: solstice_lilac
2014-10-07 04:55 pm (UTC)
Kyle, have you read Rikki Ducornet? This post reminded me of her novel "Phosphor in Dreamland."
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2014-10-07 05:45 pm (UTC)
I have not! I shall check it out.
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