Earplug Adventures: The Age of Stone (part 7)


Like Rudi, Chester wasn’t having much fun either. He kept walking through doors…

…only to find himself somewhere else completely…

And he was getting fed up with the mauve ambiance too.

As he made his way through some more modern-looking sections in the maintenance section of the exhibit, Rudi felt much the same way…

Whereas Valentine had decided to stop ‘fighting the power, man’, and began to enjoy the adventure as best he could…

Even Miles had to agree that the architecture was quite imposing and not a little attractive and pleasing to the eye. But Chester just wanted to go home.

Rudi, of course, continued to explore…

He had convinced himself that if he looked long and hard enough he would find his way out. And on the occasions that he discovered modern signage…

…his spirits soared at the sight of near-normality. But when he discovered a high cliff that looked down upon a deep lake…

…doubt made its presence felt.

“Ooh-ur,” he said quietly, “I don’t like the look of that. That is not cool, man.”

And big holes with detritus at the bottom didn’t do his psyche much good either…

“There’s something screwy going on.” He said to no one but himself. “Someone is taking Rudi Earplug for a fool. Well sod you: I’m not playing your game.”

With that thought in mind he marched resolutely to the entrance of a worryingly dark cave…

Without a moment’s hesitation, he plunged inside…

“I’m not gonna let this shake me up.” He told himself. Then he thought back to what Yu-Wah and Wah-Hey had said last. “Though a toilet might be nice.” He said. “Yeah, definitely a toilet: with tissue and a hand basin. That’d be very nice.”

But when he emerged into a vast cavern, filled with lava, he thought he’d lost his mind…

He couldn’t help smiling at the situation: it was far beyond anything he’d experienced before. He just hoped that one day he might have grandchildren to tell about this weirdo day.

By either chance or design, Magnuss now discovered that he had travelled to a similar area. Certainly the light thrown by the magma easily illuminated the cavern through which he walked nervously…

Then, as he deliberately moved in another direction entirely, he chanced upon a mottled green-coloured floor, and he wondered if it might be the shape-shifting Susan – dissolute and spread all over the place. He would have conjectured further, but a strange light caught his attention…

But as he turned to regard it, it changed – into a ghastly apparition…

© Paul Trevor Nolan 2021

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