Junior Earplug Adventures: Plunging into Peril (Part Four)


Further along the tunnel, in the opposite direction, Zak and Bolah discovered an abandoned Maintenance Vehicle…

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“If only it still worked.” Bolah said with a sigh. “It could save hours of endless wandering.”

“I remember reading a spec sheet for this particular machine.” Zak replied in an up-beat manner. “It isn’t battery powered: it has its own mini Nul-Space Power generator. It’s called the Punting-Modesty RS200 Maintenance Sled. As long as it isn’t actually broken or frozen solid, it should operate normally.”

“Golly.” Bolah gushed with a smile in his voice. “My feet are killing me; let’s give it a try.”

Meanwhile Buttox was beginning to think that she may have made a bad mistake. The tunnel appeared to stretch into infinity, and she wondered if she would survive the journey to the end of it.

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Also meanwhile, Zak and Bolah had eased themselves into the RS200…

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“Drop the hood and press the ‘Go’ button.” Zak instructed his monkish chum.

Trusting in the build quality of the Punting-Modesty machine, Bolah did as he was bid. Unfortunately the throttle had been frozen in the open position…

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…and the vehicle slewed wildly under acceleration. Fighting the steering stick, both former monks managed to wrestle the machine into a reasonably straight line…

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At the same time, Buttox had spotted something that eased her concerns by at least eighty-five per cent…

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She might survive after all.

© Paul Trevor Nolan

 

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