Excited about this page and the next as it shows the importance of Rata in the story. In the old Norse tale, the squirrel served as the gossiper who went back and forth between the eagle and the dragon telling stories about the other.

In ATC, I want the squirrel to serve a different purpose. Rata is the one with many stories about the world yet hasn't seen anything herself and so joins Wren's on the quest to find the dragon.

Why an old lady squirrel? Could have easily have been young like bunnies..but in my mind it was clearly an old lady. An old lady on a quest! Maybe it's the whole unconscious thought that it is never to late to start an adventure. To try something new. More on Granny Rata in the next update.

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What is Above the Clouds?

ABOVE THE CLOUDS tells two intertwining stories--the adventures of a hero who must save a dying world, and a girl who must convince an author to finish what he has started. Updated every Monday!

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