A picture paints … well, as many words as you like. For instance:
“Now you’re sure you got the instructions right? This is the shortcut?”
Jim looked one way, then the other, and noticed, as I had, there were several other options available.
“Let me look at the map.”
What map. There was no map that I’d seen when the boss was giving the orders. It was simply a matter of, ‘go down here, cross there, go about 20 yards, then you’ll see the shortcut’.
I remember Jim asking, ‘what’s at the end of it?’.
It elicited a very terse reply. ‘More water’.
Jim unfolded the map, expecting like I was, there’d be some lines to follow.
Nothing. Just a map. It didn’t even say, ‘you are here’, with a big red arrow.
I shrugged. Too late now. “Let’s go.”