Natural Selection, Part 1

Me
Hey everyone, look up ahead. That is where we are going.
Eccleston
This is like a canyon.
Me
It is a canyon, okay Eccleston? The rocks people in this part of the country know it well.
Eccleston
The Troglodytes?
Miss Guard
Ha, ha, ha! I’m sitting now, I need to rest.
Me
No, no! After all, we must go on.
Miss Wilkins
Sunday Nature Study trips have never required such range.
Me
Just because we never walked so far before?
Miss Guard
Where is this you are taking us today, Mr. Unno?
Me
Talking of that, friends, we’re exactly fifteen miles from home.
Eccleston
But you could nearly believe we’re out of this world!
Me
Yes, even this near the city you can find isolation.
Miss Guard
Well, where do we go from here? Home?
Me
There’s a little patch out in the canyon where we will find many kinds of lichens.
Eccleston
I know of it, like little ferns in the rock.
Me
Excellent!
Me
There are scratches on the face of the rock over here. Who did it?
Eccleston
Not “who,” “what.” A glacier!
Me
But what is a glacier?
Eccleston
Don’t you know?
Miss Wilkins
Ice and rocks that slid down from the North Pole, and tore through here a long time ago.
Me
Excellent, that’s basic natural history! Real action
Miss Guard
I have seen glaciers up in the northern Rocky Mountains.
Me
But what’s the matter, Miss Guard? You seem displeased.
Miss Guard
Do you mean to say we came all this way by subway and car and foot just to see some old rock scratches?
Me
Well, there isn’t any place in the state that has a finer record of glacial action.
Miss Guard
I thought I was gonna see real action and enjoy seeing flowers, and it’s just scratches on rocks and lichen.
Eccleston
Well, Miss Guard, Mr. Unno is a smart man; he knows other things.
Miss Guard
Then he knows I want to go home!
Me
So, I see you’re tired.
Miss Guard
If this is all there is to see, I’m starting back.
Miss Guard
Come on, Miss Wilkins, let’s get out of here, find some real excitement!
Me
Now wait a minute!
Miss Wilkins
I don’t agree! After all, Mr. Unno devoted all this time to this.
Miss Guard
What’s that sound!
Miss Wilkins
Look up there! Rockslide!
Miss Guard
Aaaaaiii!
Me
Anybody hurt?
Miss Wilkins
Miss Guard. She tripped!
Me
On the contrary, she got hit in the head by a stone; she’s knocked out!
Eccleston
Wait, she’s awake, trying to talk.
Me
I’m listening. What?
Miss Guard
I can’t die…
Me
Sorry, but I can’t understand you, Miss Guard. What are you saying?
Miss Guard
I can’t die without telling…
Eccleston
Without telling what?
Miss Guard
My husband didn’t die of a heart attack. I killed him!

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