The Mirror Ark

The Mirror Ark, piloted by Haon, sank immediately with its full manifest of chimeric creatures, all of whom are living there to this day.

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They survive on the ghastly air pumped down to them through the lengthy intestines of the King of Herrings and on the sacrifices of Haon.

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Every year Mrs Haon has fourteen boy children and fourteen girl children, and seven of each must be sacrificed to feed the chimeras.

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The chimeras are all enormously fond of the children of Haon, and weep as he drowns and boils them in the great cauldron.

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The surviving children form the crew of the Mirror Ark. Unlike Haon and his wife, they are not long-lived, and as adults often try to escape.

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The Lobster Bird lays its dreams as giant pearl eggs: often it swallows one of the children of Haon so they can be concealed within a dream.

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The Mammoth Tove then drills a hole in the Mirror Ark so the egg may be released, and the Bee Woman immediately re-seals it with her earwax.

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Over the millennia, the Mirror Ark has been drilled so many times it is more golden earwax than gopher wood, which terrifies and enrages Haon.

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He makes the Minotaur and the unicorns wear lengths of cork on their horns. They twist these off as soon as he returns to his cabin.

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In Haon’s cabin are watercolours of islands painted from the seabed like mountains rising into clouds. It’s his hobby. They are upside down.

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On the slopes of the undersea mountains are cowfish, dogfish, catfish. He has painted them with human legs so they look like ‘real’ animals.

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Because he cannot die Haon gets off the Mirror Ark and walks on the seabed. The pressure flattens him so he’s one dimensional. It’s exercise.

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From above, Haon looks like a man one mile across strolling along the seabed. Shoals of fish follow him in the shape of huge silver dogs.

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While he’s gone, the chimeras all plot mutiny. Mrs Haon sends her informers – two butterflies with silken rabbit’s ear wings – to eavesdrop.

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