By Christopher Scarre
An archaeological reconstruction of the human tale, utilizing enormous quantities of maps, illustrations, images and reconstructions of old websites. in addition to reading the well-known classical civilisations, it seems to be on the vague and mysterious, reminiscent of the pyramid temples of the Yucatan
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Just nothing is . ” Stevie feared if she voiced her doubts that would give them more substance. ” Stevie searched the stray threads on the ﬂoor for an answer. “Well . . I . . ” She looked up. ” “Wedding nerves? ” “No. ” She managed a smile. “They’re not huge doubts, you know. ” Lara tried hard to understand. But she’d never come close to getting married. She’d had two proposals, turned them both down. She was having far too much fun being single. ” Stevie muttered, partly to herself. “Is the magic still there?
Stevie stood up and pulled Sam toward her, his hair springy against her neck, his skin smelling vaguely of cologne and hot, fried things. She felt it was like hugging part of her twenties good-bye, hugging all the men she’d liked but never explored, all the paths not taken. She watched as he walked—now in his thirties, Sam no longer felt the need for a hip-hop swagger—with the sun on his boyish back, up the stony garden path, past the newly tended beds and the apple and pear trees, to the door to the steamy kitchen, where Patti lay in wait with a box of organic Medjool dates.
Stevie was part of the nerdy, slightly gothic, not hugely physically attractive group. Sam was the alpha teenager. Still, on weekends, and in pubs in town, Sam and Stevie discovered that they had more in common than their opposing shoes—Sam, Adidas; Stevie, buckled black boots à la the Cure’s Robert Smith—might suggest. They shared an interest in art. They made each other laugh. Their mothers were good friends. They had a connection of sorts. But in their twenties, they had drifted apart. Sam spent a year in America, becoming, in Stevie’s eyes, more cosmopolitan and worldly and glamorous than ever.