Setting: morning, a public park outside of Hong Kong, beginning of spring, apple blossoms in the trees.
Panels 1 thru 4 are similar, ELEKTRA (left) and an OLD WOMAN are in varied positions in a tai chi routine, perfectly synchronized in every stance. ELEKTRA is in her signature red head scarf, but in a loose tank top, running pants, and sneakers. The OLD WOMAN is in a loose-fitting matronly house dress. Each position should be fluid and graceful.
CAPTION, PANEL 1: The stranger has shadowed me for nearly three months. She asks questions as one would poke a sleeping husband.
CAPTION, PANEL 2: Over tea one morning, I ask if she considers herself a spiritual woman. She answers that she is Greek Catholic.
CAPTION, PANEL 3: I tell her that her answer is as meaningless as if she had told me she was a zookeeper.
CAPTION, PANEL 4: The religious are those who fear Hell.
Panel 5: ELEKTRA and the OLD WOMAN bow to each other.
CAPTION: The spiritual have already walked through it.
Panel 6: The OLD WOMAN (background) watches ELEKTRA (foreground) walk away, sadly proud.
CAPTION: When I see her again, in this life or the next, her spirit will have been well forged in fire.