I made my way to the opposite end of the dog park, near the edge of the water, in close proximity to Eddie Carvery's trailers and the site of the restored Seaview Baptist Church. Carvery's site had a sign that read "Africville Protest" and a loyal dog on guard. I was willing him telepathically to come outside or arrive back while I was there, yearning to speak with him. The fence separating us, and maybe his dog, made me timid to go knock on his door. Perhaps next time...
As I sat on the grass, taking in the sun's rays reflecting off the harbour, I was reminded of Goldboro, a small community on the eastern shore where my mom and uncles grew up and where my brother and I spent many a summer. Although, sounds of vehicles were looming in the background, I felt like I was in the country.
As I was imagining the people portrayed in both books and trying to work out the locations of the various landmarks mentioned, I looked off in the distance and saw a young girl running towards me. "Chub?" I think to myself jokingly. Chub (Penny), a character in Malone's book, was a quirky girl, who wanted everyone to know she was tough as any boy.
She plunked down right beside me, and without saying a word, presumed a log position and rolled down the hill. She ran back up to me and said, "I'm 7 going on 8. There's my dog. Dog doo makes me gag. Maybe when I'm older...." I think to myself laughing, "This definitely could be Chub!"
A dog ran over to us, licked the book I was reading and snuggled up for a pat. As he/she ran off, the girl asked, "Is that your dog?"
"No, I don't have a dog".
"Why are you here then?"
"I came to look at the water," I replied.
"My father had a heart attack, but he's still alive. See?" she said, pointing to her father off in the distance.
"I bet I can roll down the hill faster than you," she challenged. I was half tempted, but looked at her father and imagined he may think it strange...
As the girl ran off with her father and canine companion, I thought to myself, I didn't get to speak to Eddie Carvery, but I definitely got to talk to some rendition of a fictional character that will remain in my memory.