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Two Cents, Self Portrait

Synopsis part 1

I'm going to post the synopsis for The Four Faces of Carles behind a cut. It is pretty long, so read if you'd like to see where my mind is going. This is the first half of the story. I have a great deal of work to do on the second half because it is a draft behind the first half. As a result, the second half has a lot of really big inconsistencies. I like what I've got here, though. The first half takes place in Indiana. The second half takes place in northern England.

Time: October 1969-June 1970.
Genre: Occult Fantasy

October: Theatre major WAYNE Hamel wakes up in Dr. REBECCA Allen’s cultural anthropology class at Indianapolis City University to discover that all the rest of the students have been dismissed and he is alone with the hard-as-nails professor. After listening to his story, REBECCA agrees to switch WAYNE to independent study on condition that he complete a 50 page paper by the end of the term. He rushes out of class to meet British transfer student and fencing master JUDITH Harmon, his new love interest. She is very interested in his research assignment and agrees to a first date with WAYNE for the cast party of Hamlet.

Hallowen: WAYNE and JUDITH go on their third date in a week for a Halloween costume party. JUDITH feigns drunkenness and WAYNE takes her home. When they part, JUDITH breaks into the library to plant research notes she knows WAYNE will find and include in his report for REBECCA. While there, she witnesses REBECCA go to the roof of the building to conduct the Samhain ritual. JUDITH escapes, setting off the alarms. REBECCA sees her run away, but doesn’t know who it is.

December: REBECCA declares WAYNE’s paper to be based on a fraud. She passes him because he did honest work, but recognizes at once that the materials he based the paper on were planted. She gets the message that was left in the source documents for her. The task she has sworn to undertake could be fatal. WAYNE and JUDITH, now blossoming in romance go to Christmas dinner and exchange gifts. He gives her a sword that he has made. She gives him her necklace, a star with her name-sign on it. JUDITH decides not to return to England yet.
Over Christmas break, Wayne visits his Uncle BERT, a former spy now retired in West Virginia. Bert initiates Wayne into the craft and gives him a name, a Book of Shadows, and a knife that is an ancient tool of power. Somewhat bemused by his BERT’s secrecy, WAYNE still agrees to study the writings and keep them secret.

February: WAYNE and JUDITH finish setting lights for the winter performance and find a spot in the costume closet to make out. While there, they witness a break-in and flee. WAYNE reads in BERT’s book and has a dream. Waking, he finds JUDITH and they go to the theatre to find out officially about the break-in. The theatre director warns them of dire consequences if drugs are found in or around the theatre.
Disturbed by what he has been reading and unable to sleep, WAYNE stops at his favorite late-night haunt, Donut World, where the waitress LISSA become his confidant about what he has been reading.
Strike night horseplay after the show ends with JUDITH asking WAYNE to come to England with her for spring break. WAYNE readily agrees, but at the cast party they are told that their production of Hamlet has been chosen for summer performances in England. WAYNE receives a message from an Ouija Board game to Beware Litha. His friends say the board has a lisp and it is LISSA he is being warned against. He turns down a disappointed JUDITH’s invitation for spring break because he will only be able to afford one trip to England.

March (Equinox): WAYNE takes JUDITH to the airport and discovers REBECCA is on the same flight. JUDITH avoids her. In England, REBECCA goes to Carles Castlerigg stone circle to perform the summoning spell to gather together the four sacred tools of the coven which have not been seen together since World War II (25 years earlier). This is the task that REBECCA has taken on that is to prove so dangerous. JUDITH joins REBECCA in the circle as a coven sister without revealing her identity. Together they raise the power and perform the summoning. Back in Indiana, WAYNE decides to experiment with the spells in BERT’s book and raises a small tornado. BERT shows up to quell it.

April: Acting as a campus delivery-boy, WAYNE delivers a package to REBECCA that is Iäpetus, the sacred staff of Carles. It has come to her from a dying friend who wanted to place it in her hands. WAYNE agrees to carry some boxes for REBECCA’s evening class and to pick them up after class. As they talk, REBECCA reveals that she must return to England in June. WAYNE invites her to join the cast of Hamlet for their tour. When she goes to an after-rehearsal outing to meet the director of the show, she comes face-to-face with JUDITH for the first time and recognizes her as a sister from Cobhan Carles. Tensions between the two women are electric and each accuses the other of recklessness.
WAYNE works on new props for the touring production of Hamlet and we discover how important it is to him that the craftsmanship of the props make them exact reproductions of historic items. He tests the throwing of Hamlet’s knife when JUDITH walks in. She demonstrates how to throw a knife while offering a veiled threat to WAYNE if he doesn’t watch his step in their relationship. Rehearsals are not going well, complicated by the fact that WAYNE must do a mimed love scene with REBECCA. There are obvious conflicts between WAYNE, JUDITH, and REBECCA.

May: There has been another break-in in the theatre. REBECCA decides to scry the perpetrator using evidence she has found. She goes to her rooftop sanctuary to perform the ritual, but is interrupted by a knife thrown into her circle. She is unable to catch the perpetrator before she has been locked onto the rooftop. WAYNE, in the meantime, decides that he will use his new-found power to place a ward around the building to prevent further break-ins. Rebecca has to fight against it to leave the building.
Rehearsals at last are going well, so the cast calls for a party day at Brown County Park. Things have been rocky between JUDITH and WAYNE as she spends more time with CHUCK, the actor playing Hamlet. WAYNE offers to give REBECCA a lift to the park. Once there, they encounter JUDITH and CHUCK rehearsing a knife-throwing scene. It serves to heighten the animosity between REBECCA and JUDITH, which WAYNE mistakenly assumes is over him. REBECCA cuts WAYNE a walking stick for their trip to England and WAYNE offers to repair the charred handle on REBECCA’s knife. She agrees.

June: The night before they leave for England, WAYNE arrives to repair REBECCA’s knife. When the job is finished, they take REBECCA’s ritual items to the scene shop to pack them in the crate of props. WAYNE includes his own walking stick in the crate. They kiss, flooding WAYNE with confusion. WAYNE and JUDITH decide to stay up all night before they leave and go to the school park to lay out blankets on the turf. They interrupt a dark ritual in the park and are chased out. A mysterious blade has been thrown at them which WAYNE recognizes as a missing saw blade from the shop. It has been decorated with symbols and WAYNE spends the rest of the night sleeping on the crated props to protect them.

The rest of the book (part 2 of the synopsis) all takes place over about two weeks in June in and around the village of Keswick in northern England, ending at summer solstice.