Emily is trying to put the past behind her, including the crazy time in Cornwall when she encountered Vivienne, the evil sorceress who once bested the magician Merlin, but even as she denies the... More > reality of the supernatural, it is roiling toward her inside a blue caravan, driven by the splendid Romany Bernard Moses.
Bernard found an unusual pebble he saw on a beach, one that engaged him far more than an amorous liaison with a willing gadje woman. He spotted the pebble shining through her lounge window, forgot his desire for her, and rushed onto the beach to retrieve this artifact.
Later, when he drilled a tiny hole through the rock, he feared it would shatter, but instead it gave off strange heat and smoke. He threaded it onto a silver chain.
Near Emily’s flat, when he put the chain around his neck, he started to feel a need to assume his finest airs.< Less