In the 30s Pearl had gone with the silver and the mine. So Charlie tended towers of people in Tacoma with plastic Japanese gardens on their balconies. An Opal with a gleam like his Pearl appeared. They married and left Tacoma for Texas Creek. The cabin roof was raised again, the worn log walls caulked with a plastic paste. Charlie redug the spring and lined it with rose quartz and granite. Fool's gold flecks sparked the water that Opal drew and served to Charlie - in a red, polyethylene cup.