Junior Earplug Adventures: The Island of Doctor Wiel-Barrau (Episode 17)


And when they spotted the Black Tower through the murk…

…they actually did! Fortunately the young earplugs quickly regained both their wits and their decorum. They realised that any approach to the mysterious building was best done in daylight. So they washed their pants in a stream and hollowed out a giant pumpkin, to use for shelter. Come the morning they clambered from their temporary abode, smelling strongly of pumpkin and discovering several large pips inside their freshly laundered underwear…

But, following a breakfast of pumpkin flesh, they were soon upon their way…

Although the going was hard, it didn’t take overly long for their experienced adventuring legs to carry them all the way to the front door…

With no door bell obvious, they decided to let themselves in…

“Wow!” Magnuss exclaimed. “It’s not really scary at all! And look how spacious it looks.”

But, as they ventured farther into the vast emporium corridors narrowed; and they found themselves embroiled in a battle with claustrophobia and the colliwobbles…

In a pathetic attempt to bolster her adventurous spirit, Hair-Trigger chose to perform a popular aria in a high soprano. Unfortunately Magnuss said…

“Flipping heck, Hairy: put a sock in it. Whomever told you that you could sing was a bloody liar!”

This outburst surprised Hair-Trigger: she had no idea that Magnuss loathed poorly sung classical music. It gave her pause for thought; so they continued onwards in silence…

…despite the fact that their current environment made her feel nauseous…

But all good things must end; and soon the way opened into a vast chamber…

“I think I know what this is.” Magnuss whispered. “And it isn’t a washing machine.”

© Paul Trevor Nolan 2017

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