Junior Earplug Adventures: Those Magnificent Earplugs (Part 19)


By the time they stepped out of Transit Conduit Station Seven in the far away land of pea growers and dusty plains, both young earplugs had recovered their decorum and confidence…

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Understanding that time was of the essence, and that walking would take too long, Chester and Miles went straight to a Rent-a-Balloon company…

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Totally lacking experience with hot air balloons, it was with trepidation that they approached the office door…

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But the welcome couldn’t have been warmer from the turquoise husband and wife team that owned the company…

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“How lovely to see you.” The husband (whom both earplugs recognised as a biological android former super soldier) said as Miles and Chester seated themselves. “Would you like a cup of tea and some oaty biscuits? My beautiful wife will fetch them for you if you like.”

Tea and biscuits were the last thing on either earplug’s mind…

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Miles was too busy recalling the old maxim that stated that everything that goes up must come back down again – probably at speed and with a hearty bump. And Chester hated oat-based biscuits with a passion, and didn’t mind telling people.

Sensing hesitation in their clients, the biological androids did what any desperate balloon renter would do: they leapt upon the desk and performed a song and dance routine that emphasised the benefits of floating across country with only the roar of a gas burner for company…

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They then showed Miles and Chester a how-to-do-it video on balloon flying and basic maintenance…

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…before inviting them aboard the test-flight model behind the office…

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…where they experienced a tethered ascent to one hundred metres above the ground…

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“Lovely.” Miles said in response. “We’ll take it.”

© Paul Trevor Nolan

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Writer of silly tales, taker of pictures, and all round good egg
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