Junior Earplug Adventures: The Grand Tour (Part Twelve)


At, more or less, the same time that Trubbil Dounpitt had begun his search for an interplanetary communication system, aboard the distant Chi-Z-Sox TV reporter and camera operator, Rupert Piles, was busying himself shooting pictures for live relaying back to the Museum of Future Technology via hyperspace…

He’d traversed the huge space vessel several times, snapping snippets of life aboard. One of these included some of the museum curators who had made the journey as top-ranking representatives of that great organisation…

…among them Bubbly Salterton; the recently promoted Nature Beast, and popular Aquaplug actor – Bert Frogget. Of course Rupert realised that any footage that he delivered (from deepest space, remember) to the TV broadcaster was potential digital gold dust; but his tour de force would surely be an exclusive with the museum’s best-loved inhabitants – the Earplug Brothers. To this end he set up his camera in the one place that the quintet would undoubtedly appear: the toilet beside the bridge…

Equally of course, the five heroes were more than pleased to oblige Rupert’s request…

…especially when Rupert had gone to the trouble of having some nice words painted upon the wall…

But this was nothing compared with what came next. Suddenly a light in the adjoining room blazed into incandescence and a familiar voice called to them. Following its lead, Rudi, Valentine, Chester, Miles, and Magnuss found themselves upon the star ship’s bridge…

…where they were thrilled to a point that approached delirium…

…when the captain – Professor Hydious Gout…

…personally welcomed them aboard.

“Hi, young guys.” He said, as he tried desperately to sound modern and groovy. “I’d high-five each and every one of you; but I have to stay here – in the captain’s chair – because of ship’s regulations and general earplug bridge etiquette. Now, if you’d care to stand in front of me, facing forward, with your backs turned…

…yes, like that… I can give you a nice surprise. Are you ready?”

As the eldest brother, Rudi spoke on behalf of his siblings: “You’re not going to pull down our trousers and take a photo of our bare bottoms, are you?” He said with a voice so tremulous that it belied his famous and naturally-occurring (and incredibly intense) braveness.

“No.” The captain’s wife, Doctor Putridity Gout replied. “Though I’d love to, personally.” She then gave a nod to Magnuss’s old Martian co-adventurer Yabu Suchs. 

A split second later…

…interstellar space blazed on to the bridge via the main view screen. And whilst a couple of hardened bridge crew blanched at the scene, the five brothers were delighted. They knew this region of the cosmos. They’d been here before!

© Paul Trevor Nolan 2018

 

 

 

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