Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Rise, Sir Engineer

Delirious the imp studied the biography of Sir Harold Lauder (1798 – 1874), his finger moving along the line as his lips formed the words. “It says here,” he said, nudging his brother John, “that Harold Lauder started out as an engineer’s aide. What’s one of them?”

John scowled, mopping up the ink spill his brother’s nudge had caused. He resigned himself to a bit of work with the sandpaper when it dried. “Assistant, innit?. He started out as an engineer’s assistant. An aide assists. Sorts out the drawings, fetches the sarnies, arranges the getaway. That sort of thing.”

“Ah. I see.” You could almost hear the cogs whirring. “I’m an engineer, too. Does that mean I get a--”

“No,” said John. “Go and fetch the sarnies.”



Image: Devices and Desires (Engineer Trilogy) by K J Parker

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4 comments:

aims said...

Ahhhh - poor Delirious.

Leatherdykeuk said...

Alas, yes ;(

stephanie said...

Ha ha. Poor boy.

Leatherdykeuk said...

:)