The story thus far...
Grace and Simon, two teenage tearaways, have discovered a passage to Reality in the basement of The tré (a tiny theatre in their miniscule town of Otterstow). Unfortunately, they have accidentally trapped themselves and cannot return, although they don't seem to be in any hurry to do so.
Ignatius (the mayor of Otterstow) suspects this is the case and has enlisted the aid of the parents; Slide, Sandra, Pete and Gina. None of the adults have figured out how to open the passage, which seems to involve a mysterious box.
What's going on right now:
Grace and Simon are exploring the Rialto, which is the theatre on the other side of the passage.
They've found something to eat, but all of the plates and cutlery are dirty, so they're about to wash them. Grace speculates about hot water
About the page...
Yes, they're teenagers and they're actually going to wash the dishes. I know, incredible - right? Almost as unbelievable as a Wolf and a Hare that can talk.
Simon explains why having hot running water is so rare. I don't want to get into too many details, but The Kingdom (in which Otterstow resides), while it has its advantages, is not exactly a perfect Utopia - it has issues, just like any other Utopia.
Drawing completed - 17 JAN 2011
Rialto Living Quarters
After a splutter or two, water began to come out of the faucet.
"What're you doing?" asked Simon.
"I bet hot water comes out," she conjectured.
"Nah, never happen," he countered. "Otherwise, they'd have to keep the water hot all the time. The gas bill would be horrendous."
"It's going to overflow," Grace said.
"Probably a plug in the bottom of the sink," Simon suggested.
"I'm not reaching into that matty mess!" Grace announced.
"You turned it on," Simon pointed out.
"Still not sticking my hand in that filth," Grace stated.
Simon sighed and stuck his hand into the grimy, black water. He felt around and, within seconds, located a plug, which he pulled out, allowing the water to drain.