When we are young we thrive on the imaginary world that we envision surrounds us interacting with the reality that is imposed upon us by the adult world that our parents have created for us. When we emerge from youth and are faced with the surrealism of hormones and the onslaught of growing up we shove down our imagination, neglecting the lush protection that our creative kid brain had built up and we supplant the comfort of fantasy with the cold reality that we have to dwell in.
So much scope for the imagination, so little time…
(Image: an open field in Lexington Virginia courtesy of Google Maps)
What we are experiencing with these early chapters of Secrets of Moldara is the rational thought process working through the idea that the fantasies of our youth might have been the reality and that the hard, adult world is not what it seems to be. Even as the reader we are forced to ask how much of Lotty’s world is real and how much we are supposed to take for granted. Was the broken leg real? Were the shapes in the forest that chased her down truly there? Are her dreams so vivid that they bleed into the real world or is there more of her childhood imagination reflecting outward into the real world as her ancestral home opens up to reveal more of its secrets?
Reconciling our awkwardness with our “Cool” outer shell
Of course, along the path of Lotty’s reconciliation of fantasy and reality, she is exploring another mystery of life. The introduction of a male who is not just another worker or team-mate, but one that is conjuring thoughts and feelings that she is not willing to face openly. Romance can be embarrassing. It exposes our soul to possible danger and forces us to take a true risk in life. To allow another person to get close. Not just physically but to allow them to see past the veneer that we have built up carefully through the awkward years of youth and adolescence as we construct the idea of what an adult is and try to enact the ideals of adulthood on ourselves so we will be taken seriously by our elders and those that we respect.
What Lotty is discovering is that lust exposes us for the clumsy, awkward dopes that we truly are and that is scary and exhilarating.
As the reader, the author Brianne Earhart gives us, the opportunity to sit back and watch Lotty’s mystery unfold through her confused and somewhat gas-lit perception of events. I’m sure that the oddly gifted work-hands have some sort of allegiance to her and her family, but even after her second strange incident, they are unwilling to reveal themselves and the world that lies beyond in the surrounding forest. If she is supposed to be a guardian of such great secrets, you would think they would finally come out and let her know what is going on. I never understand why people wait so long to clue in the heroes/heroines in stories like this. I know that the author is trying to build up the end reveal, but sometimes just getting the character involved will bring the audience in and invest them in the end result that much quicker.
I supposed the caution in revealing the second world and the role Lotty plays, allows the author to run around in the world they have created a bit longer and to show us even more of the fantastical mystery that Lotty is wrapped up in, but hopefully this delay does not endanger Lotty beyond some easily healed wounds that she has already sustained in her first couple days on the farm.
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