Once inside, Kylie was confronted with a serious dilemma. Shower first? Or dinner? Admittedly, she was hungry. All she had to eat that day was berries. Then again, she felt grungy and desperately wanted to be clean. She smelled...
The Same Place, Epilogue
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Back at the Koala Bay Bares Kylie found Mungo out lying in a grassy field. Oscar was napping nearby. So the emu had found his way home, just as Mungo had said he would. "They told me I'd find you here," she remarked.
"Who's 'they?'" asked Mungo acknowledging Kylie's presence.
"The kookaburra," said Kylie pointing to a bird in a nearby tree. She did not say whether or not she was joking. It was best to let Mungo figure that out for himself.
"Yer lookin' well," said Mungo giving her a hug. "You too, Wirinun," said Kylie returning the hug.
Releasing the hug, Mungo asked, "So yer gonna start callin' me 'Wirinun' too, huh?"
"Yes," replied Kylie adding, "when it is appropriate."
"So how's the editin' goin'?" asked Mungo. "Have ya finished yer documentary?"
"I've decided not to go through with production on my documentary," said Kylie. "I've also decided to give the evening news a break; a permanent break."
"So I'd heard," replied Mungo winking. He didn't say how he'd heard. It was best to let Kylie figure that out for herself. "So what'll ya do now?" he asked.
"I hadn't exactly figured that out yet," Kylie said truthfully. "I was thinking, though, that it should be something special; something I'll really enjoy."
"Sounds like a beaut plan," said Mungo.
"Oh, by the way, I've brought you a little something," said Kylie. She reached into her purple purse, the one with the green polka dots, and got out Mungo's gift. "It's a copy of the tape from the trip," she explained. "It's the only copy I made. It's the only copy I'll ever make. This way you'll have a copy, and I'll have a copy." She knew Mungo did not have a TV or VCR, but that was irrelevant. He would appreciate the gift all the same.
"Thank you, Wirina," he said graciously accepting the gift.
"What was that, you just called me? Wirina?" asked Kylie. "That's a beautiful name. What does it mean?"
"It's somethin' I made up. It means medicine woman. Sorta like a counterpart to Wirinun." Mungo explained. "You have the makings for a very powerful medicine woman. If you like, I can teach you more."
"That sounds good, and all," replied Kylie, "but maybe later. Right now I could really go for a swim in the pool. Would you care to join me?"
"Ya read my mind."