By Diane Duane
To provide Nita a holiday from magic, her mom and dad pack her off for a stick with her eccentric aunt in eire. yet Nita quickly unearths herself with a number of Irish wizards combating creatures from a nightmare land.
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It was not a very big town, its main street about half the length of the main street at home; and as usual, everything continued to look small and cramped and a little worn-out by her standards. Just because you're used to everything looking slick and neat and new, doesn't mean that it has to be that way here . Aunt Annie had mentioned to her that Ireland had been in economic trouble for a while, and there just was not the money to spend on a lot of things that Nita took for granted. She got off in the middle of town, across from the big Catholic church, and had a look around.
Never mind that. " “We'll have to take the bus," Ronan said. So they did. Enniskerry was about four miles away. You had to cross the dual carriageway, and then go up a twisty-turny road which the locals called 'the thirteen-bend road'. It paralleled the course of the Glencree River as it poured down through beautiful woodland. Occasional old houses were scattered along the way, but mostly the road was bounded by hedges on one side and walls on the other, and the river chattering on the far side of the hedge.
Addresses there were - there were four Seniors for Ireland, one of whom was on retirement leave, two of whom were on active assignment and hence not available for consultation, and one, the Area Advisory, who was located in a place called Castle Matrix. This impressed Nita, though not as much as it would have a couple of weeks before, when she had thought that probably half the people in Ireland lived in old castles. Now she hoped her business would take her that way… but you didn't go bothering the Area Advisory for a problem that you weren't yet sure couldn't be handled at a less central level.