“So, this Frenchman …” Steve began.
“Nostradamus?” replied the nearest Lumbra.
“Yes, Nostradamus. Did he say where or when he was going next?”
“Not explicitly, but we inferred it from his great interest in the archaeological finds at Kenya and Tanzania.”
Another Lumbra spoke. “He did say he was coming from a big house where he landed on some furniture, fell over, and woke a man, who then
died of fright on seeing him. He was pretty vague about the whole thing.”
“And you think he was going where?”
“Here,” replied the first Lumbra. “The site of the first humanoids … a woman and an overweight man. Look at the holoview. You can see the
earliest cave painting.”
Steve gawked at the image. There, plainly on the wall, was simply a stack of horizontal lines, alternately long and short.
“The first abstract,” Jackie remarked.
“This reminds me of something,” muttered Steve.