There are many conspiracy theories surrounding the sinking of the Titanic, from insurance fraud to a mummy’s curse, but none of them mention Malachi.
It’s generally accepted that one of the contributing factors to the tragedy was the lack of access to binoculars.
Malachi’s involvement in the sinking is based on the real-life figure of second officer David Blair, who had been due to serve on board Titanic, but had been removed from the ship’s staff a few days before it sailed. He simply forgot to remove the key from his pocket and leave it so others could access the crow’s nest binocular cabinet.
At the inquest, Fred Fleet, the ship’s lookout, was asked how much difference access to the binoculars would have made. His reply was “Enough to get out of the way.” A blunt, but honest summing up of the situation that caused the death of 1522 passengers and crew.
In Immortal, things happen slightly differently in that Malachi deliberately boards the ship as the passengers and crew are preparing to leave port and removes the key, placing it in his own pocket before walking swiftly away.
The only trace of this event in history is inside Malachi’s memories, viewed by Ashrafel as he searches Malachi’s mind for an answer to his own question about the woman who haunts his thoughts.
The chain of events that lead to bigger things fascinates me – the forgetting of a crucial key, the stray ember that leads to the burning of a city – some people call them coincidences, others synchronicity, but what if there’s more to it than that? What if these events are predetermined, and all someone had to do was prevent one little thing that sets of the entire chain – would the sinking of the Titanic have been prevented if Blair had left the key?
The Devil is in the details as they say!
Immortal is available as an ebook and in paperback from Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com.
Nel Ashley is the author of Black Feather and Immortal, the second book in the Black Feather Series. She is currently working on her third novel, Dandelion Time, a time slip romance novel.
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