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CS AU week
day 4: Another Time | The 50′s

Emma notices him almost as soon as he enters the bookstore, slightly disheveled hair and loosened tie. She notices the way his fingers flit nervously over the books and knows he is not here for any particular book. He is here for the feeling of possibility. For the escape.

She quickly grabs a book at random when he is suddenly in her aisle, footsteps slowly, oh so slowly, taking him closer and closer to her until he stops just a couple of feet away. He waits and waits until Emma sighs and lifts her gaze to his, only to be greeted by the bluest of blues. Oh. Reminds her of the open sea. Of possibility.

“Well, that’s unusual,” he hums and there’s a twinkle in his eye and a joke in his voice and Emma bristles.

Such a gorgeous face wasted on an asshole. Figures.

“What?” she snaps. “A woman in a bookshop instead of in the kitchen making you a sandwich?”

He has the nerve to look amused. Intrigued even.

“No, love,” he nods towards the book in her hand with a teasing smile but soft eyes. “Just that most people tend to read Mr Salinger the other way. Men and women alike, far as I know.”

Emma looks down and feels her whole face flush in seconds as she sees what she is holding. Catcher in the Rye. Upside down and everything.

“Perhaps,” he takes another step forward and they are just a foot apart and he is less cocky and more ernest now. “I could make you a sandwich in exchange for bottoms-up-reading lessons?”

Emma thinks there’s definitely a possibility.

Martha was the daughter of noble and wealthy parents, but is best known as having been the hostess of the Lord Christ. After that He was ascended into heaven, Martha, along with her brother Lazarus, her sister Mary Magdalene, her waiting-woman Marcella, Maximin, who was one of the seventy-two disciples of the Lord Christ, and who had baptized the whole of the family, and many other Christians, was taken by the Jews, and turned adrift upon the open sea in a ship without sail or oars, to meet with certain wreck, but by the governance of God the ship came to land at Marseilles with all safe. Through this miracle and the preaching of the Saints, the people of Marseilles first, and then those of Aix, and of the uttermost tribes, believed in Christ, and Lazarus was made Bishop of Marseilles, and Maximin Bishop of Aix. Martha, by the wondrous holiness and charity of her life, drew upon herself the love and wonder of all the inhabitants of Marseilles. She withdrew herself in company with some other honourable women into a place out of the way of men, where she lived long, with great praise for godliness and discretion. She foretold her own death long before, and at last, illustrious for miracles, passed away to be ever with the Lord, upon the 29th day of July. Her body is held in great worship at Tarascon.
—  Life of Saint Martha from the Roman Breviary

Sea Turtle Hatchling Heading to Monterey

Can sea turtles fly? Well, a young loggerhead sea turtle similar to the one pictured here will be airborne tomorrow, en route from North Carolina to an exhibit in our Open Sea galleries.

It’s flying coach to Monterey with Curator Steve Vogel. You can follow their progress on Wednesday using the Twitter hashtag #TravelingTurtle.

At the earliest, it could be on exhibit Thursday morning, depending on the outcome of its veterinary exam. (We’ll keep you posted.)

The turtle is one of nine hatchlings rescued earlier this year by our colleagues with the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. These turtles didn’t make it back to sea with their nest-mates, and were hand-raised at the aquarium.

All nine are being loaned out to aquariums around the country, where they’ll live for up to two years before they’re returned to North Carolina, tagged and released to the wild.

Our youngster is just over 4 inches long and weighs less than half a pound. By the time it leaves Monterey, it could be more than a foot long and weigh up to 15 pounds.

We won’t know if it’s a boy or a girl, though. Even experts can’t tell a sea turtle’s gender until it’s around 10 years old.

Look for tomorrow’s updates at #TravelingTurtle, then come check the little guy out for yourself. It will be on the second floor of the Open Sea, near the puffins and other seabirds, in an exhibit that highlights the threats facing sea turtles and other animals from unsustainable fishing practices.

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