"Ford," he said suddenly, "look, if that Question is printed in my brain wave patterns but I'm not consciously aware of it it must be somewhere in my unconscious."
"Yes, I suppose so."
"There might be a way of bringing that unconscious pattern forward."
"Oh yes?"
"Yes, by introducing some random element that can be shaped by that pattern."
"Like how?"
"Like by pulling Scrabble letters out of a bag blindfolded."
Ford leapt to his feet.
"Brilliant!" he said. He tugged his towel out of his satchel and with a few deft knots transformed it into a bag.
"Totally mad," he said, "utter nonsense. But we'll do it because it's brilliant nonsense. Come on, come on."
The sun passed respectfully behind a cloud. A few small sad raindrops fell.
They piled together all the remaining letters and dropped them into the bag. They shook them up.
"Right," said Ford, "close your eyes. Pull them out. Come on come on, come on."
Arthur closed his eyes and plunged his hand into the towelful of stones. He jiggled them about, pulled out four and handed them to Ford. Ford laid them along the ground in the order he got them.
"W," said Ford, "H, A, T ... What!"
He blinked.
"I think it's working!" he said.
Arthur pushed three more at him.
"D, O, Y ... Doy. Oh perhaps it isn't working," said Ford.
"Here's the next three."
"O, U, G ... Doyoug ... It's not making sense I'm afraid."
Arthur pulled another two from the bag. Ford put them in place.
"E, T, doyouget ... Do you get!" shouted Ford, "it is working! This is amazing, it really is working!"
"More here." Arthur was throwing them out feverishly as fast as he could go.
"I, F," said Ford, "Y, O, U, ... M, U, L, T, I, P, L, Y, ... What do you get if you multiply, ... S, I, X, ... six, B, Y, by, six by ... what do you get if you multiply six by ... N, I, N, E, ... six by nine ..." He paused. "Come on, where's the next one?"
"Er, that's the lot," said Arthur, "that's all there were."
He sat back, nonplussed.
He rooted around again in the knotted up towel but there were no more letters.
"You mean that's it?" said Ford.
"That's it."
"Six by nine. Forty-two."
"That's it. That's all there is."

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Obey Jason

Report | 12/30/2013 7:21 am

Obey Jason

Can you draw me please?
Fern Gullly

Report | 08/01/2013 2:53 pm

Fern Gullly

{ Thanks! I'm pretty happy with it.

And of course! I'm actually recently returned from a long break from Gaia, and part of my quest is to make new good friends since most of my old ones I either no longer know or they don't go on any more. You seem like the kind of person I wanna be friends with. smile }

Fern Gullly

Report | 08/01/2013 2:34 pm

Fern Gullly

{ Figured I'd show you my coloring. Everyone loves the art. emotion_c8 Thank you again. I'll send a big tip over once I'm not spending everything for my quest. }


Report | 03/10/2013 3:19 am


AMG amazing signature art!! <33
M i u  ni

Report | 03/08/2013 6:53 pm

M i u ni

omg your profile <3

Report | 02/28/2013 3:26 pm


aw ty tyvm

Report | 02/27/2013 11:52 pm


tis a shame it got clipped off at the side BUT STILL
o and your pro is prtty cool too

Report | 02/27/2013 7:18 pm


Dear lord, your sig art is freakin' AMAZING. So gorgeous... *drools all over it*

Report | 02/21/2013 5:58 pm


Your sig art is amazing. ; n ;
Mind if I know who did it? emotion_dowant

Report | 01/18/2013 11:00 am


i didnt know it was your birthday HAPPY BIRTHDAYYYY


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