He was always at a loss when people acted like this. When machines went funny you just oiled them or prodded them or, if nothing else worked, hit them with a hammer. Nomes didn't respond well to this treatment.
"Nah," he said, eventually. "I've looked at the colours on flowers. They're definitely built-in."
"There is nothing that can be in our way, for this is Jekub, that Laughs at Barriers, and says brrm-brrm."
The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.
- "Do you know, humans think the world was made by a sort of big human?"
- "Get away?"
- "It took a week."
- "I expect it had some help, then,' said Dorcas.
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