Despite my best efforts, I cannot write this scene to a satisfying degree.
Therefore, the ‘cop-out card’ is being played.
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On Venusian Cloud Colony Number Nine: Chapter 5 Scene 3
Barney’s aunty, Djuli, dies in hospital after he visits her. She said that her dying wish was to see Barney, both as a beloved family member and as someone who has visited the goddess Barnumbirr.
His aunty is given the full Yolngu funeral, with tribes from all over Arnhem Land coming to pay their respects. The ceremony starts at sunset, continuing until sunrise and the appearance of the Morning Star. Its appearance allows the tribes to communicate with their deceased family, sending their love and their memories to them.
Catching up on sleep during the day, Barney is awoken by a panicked phone call. It is Léana, his Irish companion from the Venusian Colonies. Something unbelievable has happened, and she must come and see him.
Barney spends the next two days wondering why she would fly over 9000 miles (just under 14,500 kilometres) to see him…