Eldon Avantine
Narrator Astair Ibrahim
Volume Into the Forest
Starts May 18, 2014 (05:07:08)
Ends May 18, 2014 (15:09:51)
Previous chapter The Mayor
Next chapter Warlock

"Eldon Avantine" is the eighteenth chapter of Into the Forest. It is the third chapter to be narrated by Astair Ibrahim.

Chapter Quote Edit

"It must be watched." - James Hillman

Summary Edit

The chapter opens up on May 18, 2014 at 05:07:08 in Los Angeles, California. Astair woke up early and is driving through the city. Her appointment with her new advisor, Eldon Avantine, is not until 11am. Before she left the house, she noticed Xanther had found her tic-tac-toe sheet and added comments to it. During the drive, she spots a wandering coyote. A cat is in its mouth.

Around 7am, Astair reaches a place in Santa Barbara where she drinks coffee and eats a croissant. A man approaches the table she sits at and attempts to flirt with her. Astair does not mind but also does not allow the conversation to go any further. Her next destination is a nearby bookstore. She goes in wanting to buy a book about coyotes but instead ends up buying one about cats. Once she exits the bookstore, she goes to the beach and takes a walk along the shore. She practices Tai Chi for the next hour. She receives a phone call from Eldon. He reschedules the appointment to 2:30pm and at an off-campus location.

Astair decides to visit her college, Oceanica, anyway. She wanders around the campus and decides to visit the bookstore. She asks if there are any books about coyotes but, again, ends up buying another book about cats. Astair then leaves the campus and goes to the place Eldon told her to meet him at. She hands Eldon her thesis and he spends some time reading and analyzing it. He does not like her paper at all. He is unsure of how Llewyn Fabler could have given it a good grade. He goes over each section of the paper with Astair and explains why he does not like it. During this, she also begins to wonder why Llewyn told her it was good. She wonders why Anwar told her it was good.

Astair asks Eldon if there is any way for her to rework the paper in time and have it regraded. Eldon tells her it will need to be started over, almost completely from scratch. Astair asks if she could have her new paper focus on a pet and the psychological effects it can have on a family. She wants to write her new paper on dogs, specifically. Eldon likes the idea and asks why she chose this subject. When Astair starts talking about Xanther's cat, he becomes further intrigued. He tells Astair not to write about dogs, but instead to write about Xanther's cat. The due date for the new paper will be in mid-September.

The chapter ends on May 18, 2014 at 15:09:51.