Monday, December 16, 2013

Sadness does not confine itself to causes. (The properties of mud)

Episode Seventeen

Broken hearted, with the aching loss of his first ever love-lost-at-first-sight, Atom drinks deep from the bottle of water thoughtfully provided (by the Company) in the Company bicycle’s saddle bag.

Unlike love, water is a neutral substance, it has no flavour to tempt the unwary consumer, it allows the human body to decide exactly how much it needs to consume.

Remounting, Atom pedals away from the wet sound of receding hooves. Ahead, another wet path awaits in muddy mood.

Mud is a special substance which has no outer skin and therefore no control over how much water it should consume, it has no choice but to deal with water as best it can.

Atom learns, as one must when cycling through a wet landscape, that negotiating progress on a bicycle (even a ,Company bicycle) requires the rider to come to an understanding with the properties of mud.

Atom has learned the following about mud:

  • In order for the rear wheel to continue performing its progressive task, the rider should add weight by remaining seated throughout the performance.
  • The best path is usually the path most travelled (apologies to Robert Frost)
  • Puddles by their very nature, often indicate a solid ground beneath and therefore provide a safe, if messy, path, bearing in mind that...
  • ...puddles may be treacherous since it is impossible to gauge their depth.
  • The centre is seldom the best place to be.
  • The centre is often the best place to be

Atom rides down the degenerated path, doing his best to take the logical route based on what he has learned.
Mud splatters with glee.
Blood pounds through his little body, making his heart’s muscular (as opposed to its romantic) importance known.

Blood is a special substance, evolved as it is to carry a number of cargoes, but it has neither the neutrality of water nor the implacability of mud. Like love, blood demands attention, which is why it is coloured red.

See Mad Scientist’s Notebook (Entry No 1.7)

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