About the page...
Just to refresh your memory, 'PD' is Portrayal Duty. That's when one is required to stand on stage and perform a fable for the smaller children. All adults are required to do it. Of course, fables frequently feature animals and if one is a Wolf (as Sandra is), then one plays the wolf (as Sandra does). However, if one is a Wolf (as Sandra is) and one is required to play a pig (as Sandra might), then one must wear a pig mask. Those are the 'silly little masks' that Sandra mentioned.
Also, the 'CBP' is the 'Common Book of Portrayal', which is a collection of all the Portrayals. For those of you who may have ventured into an Anglican church, you might have noticed that the pews are supplied with a 'Common Book of Prayer'. Do not confuse the two.
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 do not 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 that they cannot open.
What's going on right now:
Ignatius, Pete, Slide and Sandra are taking a break from their investigation and sitting on the balcony at Nora, enjoying a clear evening in summer with some drinks extracted from the cellar of Nora.
Drawing completed - 14 APR 2011
"True, I'll admit it's nice and it's free, but I wouldn't say it's one of the best things in life," Slide said.
"You may pay me a shilling for the viewing later on, if it'll make you enjoy it more," Ignatius offered.
Pete leaned back to look at the sky. "For every proverb . . . "
"There is an equal and opposite proverb," everyone else finished.
They kept silent for a while.
"Slide told me Tad was having a whinge in the pub. What was it this time?" Sandra asked. "Complaining that he pays more taxes than most of us earn?"
"Nothing of importance, I assure you," Ignatius said dismissively. "He was just in a bit of a fizz because he has to play Badgers during PD."
"So what?" shrugged Sandra. "I have to play a Wolf whenever possible. It's certainly better than having to wear those silly little masks."
"I think his issue was that Badgers in the CBP are typically angry and uncongenial," Ignatius explained.