Li said nothing further, and without meaning to, Crel let herself be drawn back into the book’s narrative.
After a while, she realized that Li was still in the doorway, watching her. “I’m sorry. Was there something else you wanted?” she said.
“Well, yes, but I can come back later. I didn’t mean to be rude.”
“I’m sorry,” Crel said again. “I’m the one who’s being rude. It’s just that I haven’t read this particular legend before.”
“I get that way about books, too,” Li said. “Do you ever get the feeling, right after you read something, that the whole world around you is a little different because of what you read?”
Crel thought about it and nodded. “Sometimes, after I’m lost in a book, everything I experience seems to mean a little more, as if it were part of the story. Yes, I’ve felt that.”
“Then the feeling wears off,” Li said, “and everything’s just the same.”
Crel looked at him again. She knew just what Li meant. She’d felt it herself, but she had never been able to talk to anyone about it. Not to Del, and certainly not to Jamek.
“Somebody told me a story a few days ago,” Crel said slowly. “It changed the world around me, and I don’t think the effect is ever going to wear off.”
I've just finished Chapter 29, which I renamed, and I'm up to page 444. I'm going to bed now. Good night!