Since it is Pi day today, I thought I’d share this little scene from RISE OF THE ARCANE FIRE. I faked out my poor copy editor and forced her to look up pi.
Our heroine Meg has been accepted as an apprentice to The Secret Order of Modern Amusementists, but runs into some flak from her classmates on their first day. Thankfully, Meg is both a quick thinker and a good bluff.
RISE OF THE ARCANE FIRE by Kristin Bailey p. 98-99
"What? What can a girl possibly learn? Nothing." He laughed again, though it reminded me of a dog growling. My anger tightened my throat, and I fought to regain the power to speak. He sneered at me again. "Unless she wants to learn how to please her future husband. In that case, I’m sure we’d all be glad to tutor her."
The laughter frightened me now. I searched for a way to regain my sense of self as all the boys around me stared at me like a pack of dogs.
"Samuel, enough," David said, but he didn’t bother to look at me. "You’ll invite trouble from the headmaster."
"Honestly!" Samuel shouted to the crowd. "I bet the only pi she knows is in the kitchen!"
I took a step forward with my head held high. Righteous fury burned through me, and I did my best to imitate the daunting presence of the queen herself. In a sweet voice I said, “You’re right, I do keep pies in the kitchen.” The laughter died down as everyone looked to me. “Exactly three and one, four, one, five, nine, two, six, five, three, two, four, nine, seven, one …” His eyes widened, and I knew I had him. “Four, eight, five, one, three, seven, nine, two, four, two …”
The laughter now turned in my favor as the crowd of boys began making taunting sounds toward the brute and whistling their encouragement. I must confess, I had only memorized the first eight digits of pi, thanks to Simon’s writings. After that I was making things up. Apparently, I was quite convincing. “Shall I go on?”
The 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon game has just turned 20! To celebrate, I figured out my personal Bacon number. My Bacon number is 4.
I loved my grandma, who was college roommates with Janet Leigh, who was in The Fog with Tom Atkins, who was in Lemon Sky with KEVIN BACON!!!!
So there you go! I hope everyone celebrates how marvelously connected we are today, and eats some bacon.