(Blue spoke to many Valarians in the week following the drowning and destruction of Galilan, Valaris’ capital city. After, when she collated her notes, she realised she had spoken to Rayne’s sister)
Blue: Hello! Forgive the interruption, but I’m moving from plot to plot informing people where to find food and fresh water. Have you been told?
Rees: You’re welcome. Come closer. We’re aware of the relief centres, yes, but I overheard others asking … you’d have to keep moving and keep asking.
Blue: I’ll do so. ‘We’? You have others with you? Are you coping?
Rees: A friend and her husband stay with me … my m-mother didn’t … we found her in the cellar with … sorry.
Blue: I’m sorry, too. What’s your name?
Rees: Rees … yes, after the priest.
Blue: Ha! Who named you? I’m guessing your father.
Rees: Yes! And my brother Rayne still teases me about it!
Blue: Where is he? Will he be joining you? Um, do you know if he …?
Rees: Rayne was here earlier, thank God. He’s fine, doing his thing. What’s your name?
Blue: Blue … but don’t ask me why! I’m only glad it isn’t ‘Green’ or ‘Pink’!
Rees: I’ll bet! And do you have somewhere to stay in all this?
Blue: I do, thank you … it will get better, I hope you know that. Sooner than we can believe right now.
Rees: I hope so. Thanks. I suppose you must be on your way. Good to meet you, and good luck.
Blue: Luck to you also.
(After checking her notes, Blue found a parallel in her interviews in Galilan. The place she interviewed Rees after annihilation was also the place she spoke briefly with an older woman before the destruction of the city and after the soltakin commenced the campaign of terror. She swiftly deduced she had had words with Rees and Rayne’s mother and was thus one of the last to have seen her alive)
Blue: My lady, you should be indoors. It isn’t safe.
Rayne’s mother: Can’t call anywhere safe, my dear. Walls and closed doors will not stop those fiends.
Blue: Lady, is there someone with you? Your children?
Rayne’s mother: Essie from next door. We keep each other company through everything good and bad. My children have their own lives … my daughter gallivants in the country as if she’s a spoilt rich girl and my son flits everywhere trying to be Valaris’ saviour … forgive me, I find I’m disappointed that they saw fit to … to …
Blue: Abandon you?
Rayne’s mother: Forgive me, no. Rees is a good girl and will be here as soon as she can. And Rayne … well, Rayne is what he is, isn’t he? How dare I deny that? How dare I deny our people his abilities?
Blue: My lady, where is Rayne now?
(The woman unfortunately returned indoors then, perhaps realising she had revealed too much. Blue has not discovered her name, and there is no image on record of Rayne’s mother)