Junior Earplug Adventures: Plunging into Peril (Part Twenty-One)


Meanwhile, in Astrogation, it was necessary for those manning that particular department to travel by Pedestrian Elevator to the deck immediately above when requiring the services of a toilet. On this occasion two of the brilliant young scientists who built the ship – those being Pelvac Throost and Battard Scootum – were returning to their usual deck when a thought occurred  to Battard…

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“You know, Pelvac, I think the Prof has metaphorically bitten off more than he can chew.”

Pelvac couldn’t disagree; he was having difficulty keeping his balance as the ship veered in its attempts to avoid enemy fire. “Do you think we should offer him some advice?” He half-asked / half-stated.

But Gout was already helping himself. He’d ordered that the snout of the atomic cannon be pushed out into the slipstream…

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“Yes.” Battard answered…

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“I think you should leap aboard the Pedestrian Elevator; dash into Astrogation; and give the Captain a call.”

As these words passed Battard’s lips, the atomic cannon…

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…let loose with its vengeful energies.

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“Good idea.” Pelvac agreed. “I’ll get right on it.”

So, only moments after it was discovered that atomic cannons don’t work in deuterium-rich sea water, Pelvac Throost arrived in Astrogation. He placed an immediate call to the bridge…

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“Captain, since we’ve arrived here, the Bussard Collectors have been automatically extracting hydrogen from the surrounding water. We’re all fuelled-up. The tanks are full. We can go up again, Sir.”

Gout felt uncertain about how to respond to this apparently good news.

“Sounds do-able.” Gangies Phalangies said from his position directly behind the Captain’s Chair.

“I concur.” Mister Splat agreed as he entered the bridge from the adjacent lavatory.

So, quickly making a decision, Gout had the Helmsplug alter course…

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© Paul Trevor Nolan

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