Oh, dear Shulma! It really does seem like things are coming to a head for her. We are so close to answers, and more than feeling for Shulma as she strains towards them as well! Oh, yikes! What an awful moment for Shulma, but of course Lua is sympathetic and understanding. She sees that her friend and employee is struggling, and she must be worried too! Again I say that Shulma is too hard on herself, but at the same time I more than understand her fretting. That would be all I'd be able to focus on too! So, so strange!! I have to comment on the passage of time, as well. Years in the plural now! And the Ashla is definitely through sitting idle and trying to tell her something in bits and pieces. Hmm . . . But even though she's at a loss she's not giving up! She's going to get to the bottom of this. That's our Shulma. I loved this instance! I had the same thought as mentioned too, wondering exactly what - or who - is bothering Zeb here. An interesting theory, too, she's developing as to how and why the Ashla is trying to speak to her. There's much she desires, and it's more than telling that she's stopped seeing Chava - who too is within her reach! It's just her lost love and these curious golden orbs!! Time and patience will grant her clarity, I suspect, but it's so frustrating in the meantime! Oooh, what a wonderful idea! I look forward to seeing how her ritual plays out, and what answers it may reveal. As always, I remain riveted for more! Thank you for sharing this wonderful tale.