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Who was Phila, anyway?
What a question to ask, after I’ve spent two decades working my way through the available records, learning all the things I never bothered with when I was told to do so as Naime.
I’m not Naime.
He nicknamed me Chaika, seagull, and laughed at my appetite (in all senses) and my bright flashing manner. If only one still wore dueling makeup outside of operas, he said. He’d flash in the sun for me, and I for him.
Like the soaring glittering love of winged raptors, I thought. Dive from a thousand feet to snatch a fish out of the water — not the eagle, though, but the opinionated gull.
Two decades into the revenge quest, vistas of mystery open. Character interview for NaNoWriMo 2016 project The Clone’s Complaint.