Dr. Arienne Cerasola knows what it’s like to start over…here’s her discussion with her Grandfather – the eminent Archaeologist Dr. Christopher O’Flynn about that very situation…
“Arienne, I need you to think about something. If the memory of what led you to being…whatever you call yourself these days…” Pops spread his hands out as if searching for a term that wasn’t offensive.
“Freelance archaeologist? Professional/Amateur gardener? Blacklisted Field, or Former Archaeologist? Possessor of a useless Ph.D.? Overeducated? Underemployed? I could go on…” I said grinning.
He chuckled softly. “If the memory of what made you any of those things ceased to exist and you could go back to being an ordinary university employed field archaeologist, would you choose to do so?”
My eyes fled to the ceiling as I contemplated the question. I’d never considered it. I had assumed that I was D.O.N.E. as an archaeologist. I chewed the inside of my cheek and drummed my fingers while I rolled the possibilities over in my mind. Would I give up everything good that had happened to me since that disaster? I thought about all of the positive things that I had. A home for me and Basir and Ka’Tehm. Friends I cared about. The ability to spend time with my family because I didn’t have to be on some dig in some God-forsaken corner of the world limited by rules, regulations, and someone else’s objectives. I’d also have to give up magic and all of the things in that world to go back.
“No.” I said, knowing in my soul that was the truth. “I would not choose that life again. This one is so much more…mine.”
“I was hoping you’d say that.” He smiled. “I think you did yourself the biggest favor ever when you ended your mainstream career. Now, go get your things and we’re going to the best Magical Library you’ve ever seen.”
Jealous Magic will be coming out in the fall…there’s still time to catch up on the first three books in the series. If you want to know what incident this conversation is about you can check out that story here.