The distance to the gleaming city on the horizon must have been greater than it looked, Jenny thought. It seemed like countless hours since the travellers had begun crossing the vast plain, as the magnificent skyline on the horizon gradually grew larger. There were long stretches of silence, with no words passed between them.
At last Josh turned to Jenny and said, in a still quiet voice “have you noticed something?”
Jenny was startled out of her reverie, and jumped in surprise at the unexpected sound of a voice. “What?” she said. “Noticed what?”
“We’re not hungry. And we’re not thirsty. And this has been going on for, like, forever.
Slowly Jenny nodded her head. “Yeah, that’s weird.”
“Not weird, precisely,” came Mr Symarian’s voice. “It’s the curse, you see. The effect is centered upon the city you see before you. It begins just outside the city itself, and pervades the countryside for a considerable distance in each direction. Within the affected region, time itself appears to change. Two weeks or more can go by, and it might seem to be the very next day. Or the reverse.”
At this Sid chimed in. “Yeah, like the little lady said,” he grinned. “Weird.”