As I was writing about Shelly and Odin's visit to his parents' cottage, I remembered being trapped in the bathroom when I was spending overnight at a friend's house when I was younger. It wasn't until later years that I found out the family home had served generations of their family. Still, it was a very old house and I got stuck in the bathroom while everyone was outside so it took a while for someone to wonder where I was. In Shelly's case, I'm afraid she was probably in shock to find the way Odin's parents lived.
Growing up in West Texas, out in the outback. A number of times I would have friends from the city who would want to visit, but they would be calling me, "You mean, I have to drive down this horrible dirt road?" Even now, truth be told only a few want to live in the country. And to some facing an old country road is the last thing they expected.
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