On Sunday I went to the fair in Mos Arya. I was sitting down after being out in the sand for hours, ready to start another blog entry. Focused on the words "haven't seen another human in over a year". over a year. It really has been that long. I've seen my son's face on the vidcom, and i've seen the jawas and rhrro'rhis on occasion, but other than that its been too quiet.
I dusted off the speeder (no, really - everything in this place needs dusting if its outside for more than an hour, and the speeder had been sitting for much longer than that. It ended up being a four hour affair) and headed out to Mos Arya. The fair was smaller than I remembered it, but I hadn't been there since Seldon was a little tyke.
It was almost as if i had forgotten how to 'be' around people. When to look someone in the eye, when to look away. What sorts of meaningless chatter you make to indicate nothing more than a common general sense of goodwill, "nice day, isn't it?". Its never a nice day here. Its always a hot day. A very hot day.
There was a decided lack of enthusiasm and cheer. At first I wondered if it was because I had been too removed from those concepts myself for so long. No, it wasn't festive at all -not for a festival. I went into Grintin. Jrasp was still behind the bar, he didn't look a day older. Anyway, I sat down to have a drink and he greeted me like it was just yesterday he saw me. Maybe it was like just yesterday for him. I have no idea how long his people live. I made a remark about the gloom over the festival and was about to segue into a more existential thought about it being my own disposition when he stopped me.
You haven't heard? He asked. The Emporer has started naming races he determined enemies of the Empire. Niktos were on the list. I'm guessing that Jrasp is a Nikto.
Jrasp looked at me incredulously. Where have you been? He asked after a moment.
I told him.
He then explained to me what has happened in the last year. The jawas and rhi'hi'roul can't really be counted on for news, but I never really paid much attention before anyway. Didn't think i was missing much.
The Republic is no more. Now there is the 'galactic empire'.
I said something that was pithy, but probably came across as uncaring. like i said, i forget how to 'be' with people.
I'm not sure what this all means. I stayed in a small hotel in Arya yesterday and for reasons i can't explain, spent most of the night staring out through the blinds at the empty streets.