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Katherine waited a week, not expecting to be visited by a future version of Juba Apfvarzian, but after a spate of feeling very sick, there was a knock on her apartment door, and standing there was a man, with dreadlocks, much older than the boy she’d seen performing magic.

Katherine's backstory, set in Saskatoon military base, India (3990)

Katherine’s backstory, set in Saskatoon military base, India (3990)

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Katherine is taken to Mogadishu, Somalia, by the Guild Master’s General, to observe a young magician called Juba Apfvarzian.

Katherines backstory set in Mogadishu, Somalia, (3990)

Katherines backstory set in Mogadishu, Somalia, (3990)

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Katherine attempted to buy a lift back home to Saskatoon military base, but was turned away, due to her illness. The driver told her she shouldn’t be out in public spreading her disease about. She was left standing in the rain, as the first part of the monsoon winds hit. The local landlords also refused her a bed to stay. She found a place to shelter, in a tree house, built for local children. Dripping wet and freezing cold, she sat inside, attempting to shelter from the rains. This issue is dedicated to Fayesal Siddiqui, who has been a great support to me throughout the course of sharing these stories. You’re welcome to read “A Fellow Blogger,” with his thoughts on Unbound Boxes, on his website, “Ho-Hum … well we’re going to die anyway!” Thank you, Fayesal.

Katherine's backstory, set in India (3990)

Katherine’s backstory, set in India (3990)

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After leaving the laboratory, Katherine retreated to her apartment, and sat staring at the wall for what seemed like hours. Once she’d stopped staring, she packed a bag of overnight supplies and set off outside, with one particular place in mind. After a few hours of traveling she found herself outside her father’s mansion, hoping somehow this would be enough to satisfy her need for closure. With, Inajda and Anesidor unreachable, Alex in Australia, her laboratory occupied, and her appetite for reading diminished by her failing eyesight, Georges and Kavita De Somme are all Katherine has left to turn to.

Katherine's backstory, set in India (3990)

Katherine’s backstory, set in India (3990)

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After convincing Farokh to keep silent, Katherine makes her way slowly to her laboratory, in an attempt to continue her research into decoding the catalyst. Unfortunately without her writer she has no means of contacting Professor Sumian, and must rely on the rudimentary technology available to her in Saskatoon.

Katherine's backstory set in Saskatoon military base, India, (3990)

Katherine’s backstory set in Saskatoon military base, India, (3990)

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Katherine tried to get rid of Farokh, but she needs help, and somehow he convinced her he might be useful.

Farokh's backstory set in Saskatoon military base, India, (3990)

Farokh’s backstory set in Saskatoon military base, India, (3990)

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After having tidied herself up after her shower, Katherine returns to the lounge to confront Farokh about the map he accidentally saw when he found her lying unconscious. Farokh has opened up the book, and the map has been projected onto the wall, where it had been before Katherine collapsed.

Katherine's backstory set in Saskatoon military base, India, (3990)

Katherine’s backstory set in Saskatoon military base, India, (3990)

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