Scene-Snippet time! Today’s snippet is from Elysian Fields, book three in the Sentinels of New Orleans series, which won’t come out until August 2013, so enjoy the snippet :-). A major location in EF is Six Flags New Orleans, which was drowned under floodwater following Katrina and never reopened. Also never torn down. There’s an uber-creepy video you can watch here. The video says the part was due to be demolished a while back, but it never happened. It’s still here. It’s scary. I’ve run this before so you might remember it. (Oh, and if you’d like a snippet from River Road, head over to my website; there’s a snippet from Susannah Sandlin’s Absolution at her website.)
In this scene, DJ has just arrived at Six Flags to practice using the elven staff…
Six Flags had never been profitable—folks who come to New Orleans for vacation aren’t usually looking for a Louisiana-themed amusement park in the eastern part of the city, far from the Quarter. Plus, underneath the Cajun kitsch, the place was, well, Six Flags. When Katrina hit in 2005, the park sank under six feet of water for more than a month and never reopened.
Years later, here it remained, a distorted, hellish sideshow in the middle of a swamp, tied up in a terminal case of litigation, its rusting rollercoaster reaching toward heaven like a monument to the fates of nature and indifference. The perfect place, in other words, for some discreet lessons in elven staff usage.