How is this possible? Okay, you build a house, ‘k’? You put up the rafters, and you cover them with wood sheeting. You cut a hole in the sheeting to bring the chimney up through. So then, there’s this gap where the chimney comes through, right? So you cut some metal sheeting and bend it at more than a 45-degree angle and snug it up to the chimney, caulk it down, and cover it with shingles. Waterproof, right?
If it leaks, you see where it’s leaking and plug up that leak, right?
Yeah, there are doors in this post, keep yer shirt on.
So how is it that, without a leak, we got a hole in our roof from water seepage? How did water get through all that?
Okay, here comes a door. Ready?
Spooky li’l door, all sooted up and stuff. An old door, salvaged from some other house, because we’re from the West End of Louisville, baby, and we use whatever we can get aholt of and only buy stuff if we can’t get aholt of something that’ll work.
It’s a door to —
the attic! But what’s all this crud on the steps, which are carefully covered in plastic, so their raw woodiness won’t be spoiled by falling crud?
Oh, yeah. Seepage, so tearing off part of the roof and replacing it. Shingle bones. Ick.
All fixed now.
Sounds like I did the work. No, I just listened to Charlie tell me all about it. That’s what writers do: listen to other people and then use what they hear to sound like they know what they’re writing about. It isn’t “Write what you know,” kids, it’s “Write what you can convince the reader you know.”
One last mystery door:
Behind this ladder, behind this insulation, is drywall and a room. When the kids were little, before we (meaning Charlie) finished the room, there was one little panel of drywall that wasn’t tacked down. The kids used it as a secret passage. I mean, OF COURSE!
This has been (marginally) part of Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors link-up. Visit Norm’s blog, view his wonderful photos, click on the blue froggy link, and enter a world of intriguing doors.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU BASED ON MY POST: Write about a secret passage.