Junior Earplug Adventures: Plunging into Peril (Part Thirty-Four)


Naturally Captain Sinclair Brooch didn’t just point his ship upwards from the sea bed and fly straight to the nearest cable end city. Instead he quietly launched the K T Woo into orbit before making any significant decisions…

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In fact he checked once more with Huge Johnson…

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Huge tried not to chuckle as he answered a particularly stupid question from his captain:

“No, Sir, there is absolutely no chance that our drive units will split the planet in two. It’s really big and solid – with a rotating iron core; a hot bit around it; and a thick crust.”

Grotty Benson was in a similar position…

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“No, Captain, it would be impossible for the K T Woo to accidentally push the planet out of its orbit and send in crashing into the sun. It’s in the wrong place for starters. You over-rate our engine capacity too.”

This was the news that Sinclair needed, but still he prevaricated. He spent many hours cogitating at his favourite gothic window. Trying desperately to form an opinion…

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His crew quickly grew fitful and restless…

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They moved from compartment to compartment, with nothing to do, and adding a year’s worth of wear and tear on the internal airlocks. 

They also used the coffee machines rather a lot…

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…and almost filled the effluent tank in lavatory Number Eight.

Eventually, though, Sinclair came to a decision, and instructed Hamish McHaggis to prepare the defensive screens for action…

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Then it was full speed ahead for the cable end’s world – where the long-range scanner discovered a deep gorge that passed through an area of the mysterious monoculture crop…

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Sinclair couldn’t believe the read-outs: “There are motor vehicles inside that gorge?” He cried out in dismay. “Fossil-fuel burners by any chance?”

To answer her captain’s question, Ada Muffin took the ship closer, where garish multi-coloured motor vehicles could be clearly seen driving along narrow highways…

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Sinclair Brooch hailed from a doomed world; but would argue that at least it hadn’t been its inhabitant’s fault that soon all life would be eradicated there: unlike the cable end’s planet.

“Would you look at that!” He roared with rage when the main viewer presented an industrial zone that belched unfiltered smoke into the atmosphere…

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But when the main viewer revealed the Old Quarter of the cable end city…

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…and the ship’s computer informed him that the buildings were constructed of wattle and daub, and concluded that the inhabitants were ‘Thick, moronic, primitives’….

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…whilst wealthier individuals lived in fabulous penthouses…

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…the apparent inequality in the cable end society drove him to curse and swear…

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…which embarrassed Hakking so much that he had to look away.

“I’m gonna see the doggone Cyber Oracle about  this.” Sinclair boomed resolutely. And duly departed his seat.

© Paul Trevor Nolan

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About Tooty Nolan

Writer of silly tales, taker of pictures, and all round good egg
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2 Responses to Junior Earplug Adventures: Plunging into Peril (Part Thirty-Four)

  1. afarawayhome says:

    I like this, it’s very silly 🙂

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