When they were younger, Darel told her that his mother’s people called the Southern Cross, star constellation, ‘Mirrabooka’. He told her the dreaming story: Mirrabooka was once a kind and wise man who looked after his people so well that the Creator Spirit, ‘Biyaami’, decided to reward him by granting him eternal life once he died on earth. When that day came, Biyammi placed him in the sky and stretched him across it. Darel had said, the white man call Mirrabooka, the Southern Cross, and the two most prominent stars, the Pointers, or Alpha and Beta Centauri. But, his mother said they are really Mirrabooka’s eyes - watching over the earth.
Rachel finds comfort in the scene above her; majestic, immovable, yet at the same time, gentle and soothing. She imagines people from all around the world looking at the very same image; in loud joyful appreciation, or silent awe of the grandeur of it all; even for solace. Perhaps they were seeking guidance, like she now was.
“What should I do?” she entreats out loud.
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