My plan to take the airship below the clouds to gain my bearin’s was clearly approved by the gods. By the time the Sun was high enough in the sky to offer proper illumination it had almost evaporated all evidence that clouds had ever existed.
Several days of driftin’ had left me completely absent of any significant landmarks, or indeed any landmarks at all. The ocean stretched out below me, the swell of the thick waves betrayin’ the distance from any landmass that could have disturbed them. Suddenly, I realised just how stupid and indeed how lucky I had been. Had I not happened upon this floatin’ city, I would have had no hope of crossin’ this great ocean. The Cartographic Spectatulator, undoubtedly my first love in the world of air travel, would never have sustained flight this far. She probably would have floated, but at the mercy of the schizophrenic currents who would have dared guess at where we would have found ourselves?
For now, I would maintain course until there was land to draw.
I returned to an office I had found just off from the small Library. It was clad in dark wood and green leather, with gold leaf embellishment in places. Despite the fact that this room was in the centre of a buildin’, porthole windows had been set into the walls, paintin’s of luscious vegetation set back into them to mimic the view from some jungle cabin. Some luminescent pigment had cleverly been worked into the paint meanin’ that, particularly after I had offered the paintin’s a little dustin’, these artificial windows offered a very natural lookin’ light.
The crystal glass and decanter that accompanied a nailed down ink well that had still managed to spill spoke volumes of the person whose office I was invadin’. The desk also offered a large tome, pages open, the dust formin’ such a uniform film over the part spindly, part blotchy writin’ that I only noticed it by the clean patches my fingers left as I turned the pages back in search of a title.
It was a diary, a log book, and hopefully the answer to what had happened to turn this magnificent airship into the ghost city that I had found.