The caves gone dark came from a vague
and troubling dream in the 80’s, of little detail and no light. Somewhere in it I heard Kiril say, “Twins
don’t talk.” I invented a context for
that in the story. The dream had a
clear-cut meaning for me in the waking world, but I shall keep that to myself,
for telling it would reveal more than just my own issues, and I have no right.
I wrote the Monday scene, but not
Deirdre’s memories of Jonathan and of her birth-parents. Those I derived from dreams.
dreamed of going past those lancet windows, down the stone stairs of Toulin
made up the hallucinations and stuff, but sensory deprivation does produce
hallucinations of this sort, at first intriguing, in bright colors, then
tedious and empty. As before, the astute
reader might be able to guess which thoughts belong to whom, but of course
Deirdre absorbs it all as a random and unlabeled stew of imagery.
also invented the awakening, putting together the logical consequences of
starvation and sensory deprivation combined.