“It’s a bit big.”
“What is, woman?”, said Mr. Neanderthal regarding Mrs. Neanderthal with despair.
“The door”, she replied. Mr. Neanderthal turned to take in the enormity of the threshold to the world outside as if for the first time. It was a bit big, he thought.
“Give over, missus!”, he said at length, “This is what you’ve said you’ve always wanted.”
He turned imploringly towards the woman, gesturing with his arms outstretched.
“Look at all this space; you wanted new open plan living, a nice sea view, cold running water, five minutes walk to the gathering bushes… and now you’ve got it. So stop your whining.”
“Neighbourhood’s not all that though, is it?”
The wife’s mother had an annoying habit of saying the wrong thing at the worst times. She sat in a dark corner of the cave, sucking on a tusk. He felt the blood rise to his cheeks at the same time his heart seemed to fall into his aurochs-skin boots. It was something he might have considered ironic had he any notion of human physiology, but he hadn’t. He had only raw gut instinct and a few things his father taught him about flints and never to approach any wild animal downwind.
“What are you saying, mother?”, he said after a lengthy sigh.
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