A response to this exercise
.List the contents of your character's purse, pockets, grocery cart, brief case or car. Then write a short scene in which someone other than your character is looking for something in the purse, car or whatever.
A wood and leather case filled with scalpels and curved needles.
A carefully-padded bottle of ether.
A formal skirt and blouse, both looking as if they’ve been rarely worn.
A well-tended but threadbare set of Raven funerial vestments.
A blood-stained apron.
Four books: A journal with the front cover dated six years previously is filled with mostly-illegible and sporadic notes made with a different ink on every page. A hand-made pouch of cloth holds together a battered copy of Songs of the Raven. Almost as equally battered, is a copy of Perognoy’s Dove and Hawk
, with many of the bawdier and more blasphemous passages bookmarked. The first chapter of On the Nature of Gods and those Touched by Them
is heavily annotated with a bookmark midway into chapter two.
A small leather bag containing a carefully-tied lock of hair, and a tarnished wedding bracelet.
A porfolio of sloppy and badly-written attempts at love letters and poetry.
A bag of dried apples and hard cheese.
A carefully-written and sealed letter, addressed only to Sam.
Sister Ninarel stretched and quickly cataloged the remaining miscellanea of Dina's belongings. The party had been reluctant to conduct that sorrowful business, and the saddlebags of their two casualties were bundled on the remaining pack mules unopened for the first days of the trip back. Normally the task would be initiated and mediated by a Raven, that order which pragmatically plowed forward in settling the last affairs of the dead. But Dina was both saint and avatar for Mother Raven, and everyone else procrastinated in this task. Sam tried to hide her grief in ways that were obvious to the rest. The remaining priests deferred to Ninarel as the oldest, the only surviving saint, and perhaps because her long-term relationship with a Raven gave her unique insight.
She sorted the belongings into piles. The tools of Dina's trade, the vestments and the medical tools would obviously go back to Dina's religious order. The miscellaneous clothing and gear will be donated at the first chantry.
Ninarel swallowed her qualms and leafed through the letters and poetry. Damn it girl
, she thought. You didn't have to try sounding like a courtier. If you had just told her...
She set them aside to decide later when to give the bundle Sam.
She leafed through the bookmarks of the Perognoy. Ninarel was intimately familiar with both the work, its content, and the author. Young Pero freely admitted he intended it to be read with one hand. Sister Ninarel thanked her own goddess that she had indirectly given Dina some happiness, and wondered at yet another strange coincidence that connected the two of them.
Her fingers traced over the binding of Nature of Gods
, and found herself pocketing it out of curiosity as to whether Dina's notes would reveal anything about her theological plight.
The lock of hair and bracelet posed another conundrum. Should it be returned to the family of the husband whose death thrust Dina into the order of Ravens? Ninarel knew that Dina's own family was estranged from her due to the marriage. Had the group known about it, it could have been buried with Dina's ashes. In the end, she stacked it with the collected notes andsealed letter. Sam was owed the respect of a widow in this matter after all...