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Helen kneels on the floor beside her bunk, maps, sketchpad and loose sheets of paper spread out before her. She traces her hand over the pencil rubbings she made of the whale bone rune stones, puzzling over the ancient scripture. She sucks air in through pursed lips, and writes notes in a spiral-bound book.

“Watcha doing?”

Helen jumps with surprise, her hands moving instinctively to sweep her map over the top of the other papers. She traces her thumb along a ridge, and breathing deeply, turning her head upwards towards her brother.

“Just planning the route,” she grins.

“Yeah.” Ben squats down next to her and reaches out to look at the map. For a moment Helen observes him closely. He appears not to have noticed the papers that lie beneath.

“Well?” she points to the map, and begins to outline her plan.