Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Millenia Calculus

Devious was not impressed to be digging out the hardened earth of Ada’s new cellar. He could see the point of it because he’d done the calculations himself. It wasn’t easy to work out where something would be in six thousand years but the stone sarcophagus containing the bones of Lilith, first wife of Adam, were seventy-eight feet below Ada’s living room.

Most of England had been a forest in those days. Most of England. Laverstone had been thirty feet of bog nestled against the chalk and Devious was only eighteen inches tall. At least he had some plastic sheets.


aims said...

I love when writers use 'the chalk'. It says so much with only 2 words.

Especially since we don't have anything like that over here.

Leatherdykeuk said...

It becomes a shorthand for the landscape

stephanie said...

Oh! Now that's an illustrious place to build a house. I feel for Devious though. That's a big job, bigger than the plastic sheets, I'll wager.

Leatherdykeuk said...

Alas, I suspect you are correct.