This fell out of my word processor one morning. I had to turn the computer upside down to see if there was anything else lurking in there. One just never knows…
Nobody would have believed it had they seen or heard the conversation between … well, let’s call them George and Fred. They didn’t have real names, in fact they didn’t have names at all not really needing them because nobody ever called them.
It’s not that nobody ever called them anything wrong, it’s that nobody had ever called them for anything at all.
They had forgotten their names. It had been so long they didn’t remember if they’d even had names. They often discussed whether they’d figure out a way to ask Merlin what their names were, who they were or even what they were. They’d never figured that out either and Merlin hadn’t happened by in several thousand years.
But on this day, they sat listening to three humans discussing digging them up, grinding them into smaller bits to pour and level them to fill in some potholes on a nearby road.
The larger of the two of them couldn’t believe their ears. They’d sat here since time began, allowing folk to pass them by or sit for a moment on their heads to rest and here they were about to become a bajillion little people so the humans wouldn’t bounce their cars around.
“Doesn’t seem fair to me,” said the larger.
“Neither,” the other said in reply without the need for pronouns.
“What can be done?”
“Can you talk loud enough to get him?”
“Don’t think so. Thought you could.”
“No. You spoke last.”
“Oh, I did?”
“Yes, remember when Cromwell’s army went through and that horse…”
“Oh, yes. I did. Stupid horse. I stank for a month until it rained.”
There was silence.
“Didn’t hear you.”
“Won’t. This is as loud as it goes now.”
“What levels we, who have ground up glaciers, have fallen.”
Two months later, the council self-congratulated itself enabling a speeding parade down the country road by filling in and grading using gravel from the new pit. Not a single driver was inconvenienced in any way.
The pathway to the Seventh Council was one step closer.