The Bromeliad Author:Terry Pratchett I. There was the Site. — II. And Arnold Bros. (est. 1905) Moved upon the face of the Site, and Saw that it had Potential. — III. For it was On High Street. — IV. Yea, it was also Handy for the Buses. — V. And Arnold Bros. (est. 1905) said, Let there be a Store, And Let it be a Store such as the World has not Seen hitherto... — Nomes are four-inch-hig... more »h people who inhabit the corners of our world. Like most tiny creatures, they live at a faster pace than we large folk do; ten years is ancient in their eyes.
For as long as anyone can remember, nomes have been living comfortably in the recesses of the Store—Arnold's department store in London. Then the young hunter Masklin and his small band arrive, thoroughly upsetting the status quo—speaking of the "Outside" and carrying a mysterious little black box which, they claim, will guide them all home.
The other nomes scoff. Outside? Nonsense. Grass and Sky and Sun and Rain? They're just crazy old legends.
But when the devastating news arrives that the Store is to be demolished, the nomes turn to Masklin to lead their escape. And an epic journey through the huge and perilous Outside begins—a journey that will ultimately reveal not only the secrets of the human world, but the real purpose of the little black box, the surprising facts about the nomes' remarkable past, and the truth about their astonishing destiny.« less