Tuesday, 31 July 2012

From A Very Distant Archive, far, far away. 31.

All this month of July the editorial staff of Bitsnbobs have shut themselves away in the distant archives. They hope to turn up a few gems, but whatever they find THERE will appear HERE.

A long time ago someone started The Archives, housing it in an old fisherman’s hut at the end of a long wooden jetty alongside an ocean, probably the Pacific.

His name was Mr Russell.

He was a fisherman.

At the time he was referred to as “the bloke who started the archives”, but over time he involved into Head Archivist, gave up fishing and installed electricity to the hut so that they could be artificially illuminated at night, thus allowing 24-hour access.

When the people living in the houses above the fisherman’s hut, petitioned the local council about the nocturnal activity, Mr Russell personally handled the plank by plank relocation (including the jetty) of The Archives to it’s present location on an isolated headland honeycombed with millions of caves – some explored some waiting to be.

Some years later - a period that covered The Unexpected Fires, The First of The Floodings and The Partial Collapse that buried (for ever?) the contents of The Cave of Things Best Left Unsaid – the young Miss Penny arrived as a research student.

What happened next has already been documented.

What happened after remains shrouded in uncertainty.

When her demands were met Mr Russell was summoned and asked how, and if, The Archives could sanction TWO Head Archivists.

He asked to be alone with Miss Penny.

A priest was called.

An hour later, a newly married man choosing his young bride’s name for his own, he disappeared.

Rumour has it that he can be found in The Submerged House – if you can find the Submerged House.

Only the one photo sits on Mrs Penny’s desk, in her office in The Fisherman’s Hut, which she rarely leaves.

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