Thunderpetal part 11: Promenade V

Part 11: Promenade V

Lenna picked up Aubrey and put her back in the basket. Just as she wanted to put on the blanket, she sniffed.

“Oh excellent. Both sides of childcare within five minutes. Trixie? Your chance to shine.”

Trixie looked up from her book. “I’m doing my homework.”

“This’ll be invaluable experience for when you get kids of your own,” said Lenna.

“Stuff that. I’m never letting another man get within a mile of me.”

Bieslook’s eyes grew large, “Not even Nix or Griggin?”

Trixie grumbled, not in any mood to explain, and bent back over her homework. How much phlogiston was there in ten grains of coal? She grabbed her BINAS, the reference book for biological and natural sciences, and flipped to the page. Her finger ran down the tables. She looked up to see Lenna watching her, with a very mother-like look on her face.

BINAS books should be very well known to the average Dutch student. It’s a reference book for Bology, Physics and Chemistry, or  BIologie NAtuurkunde en Scheikunde in Dutch. It contains such useful things as the periodic table of elements, the definitions of various constants such as Planck time and Planck length, and much more information, essential during your tests. It does not, I can say with certainty, contain a table of the amount of phlogiston in various substances, for the very good reason that phlogiston does not actually exist. Back in the time when Alchemy was state of the art, phlogiston was conjectured to be the substance that made things flammable. Wood or coal would obviously have a high phlogiston content, where water would hardly have any at all. As it turned out, Johann Joachim Becher was wrong. Science progresses over the corpses of disproven theories.

But it tickles me that an Azerothian BINAS book would list it.

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