Earplug Adventures: The Age of Stone (part 11)


The boys, meanwhile, had decided to look outside…

“It’s still winter.” Miles reported to Rudi, who stood in the doorway, but showed no inclination to step outside. “It’s still snowing too. And the sky remains a ghastly mauve.”

“Guess we’ll just have to wait for things to happen.” Rudi replied.

So wait they did. But as time passed they began to wonder if Susan’s attack on the Wonky SB’s hack had failed. So, with heavy hearts they went in search of an exit…

The freight elevator sounded encouraging – if they could find it, of course. And it was whilst he was engaged on a systematic search for the aforementioned that Rudi wandered into a pleasant stone quadrangle…

But he hadn’t taken more than a few steps, when suddenly the fake snow ceased and the pseudo-sun began to shine…

Of course it could have been coincidence, but somehow Rudi thought not. “Groovy, baby.” He said.

And elsewhere, where the day/night timer had obviously gone awry, Magnuss was feeling much the same way…

And was the mauve in the sky dissipating? Magnuss thought it was. Rudi did too. So, without hesitation he raced below ground – to the spot where he’d encountered the lava cave – to find it filled with a wonderful cool watery mist…

There he gave thanks to The Saint of All Earplugs: clearly Susan’s multi-vector attack on Wonky SB’s virus had worked. But just to prove it, he raced to the surface to see the clearing skies for himself. But such was his haste that his mouth ran dry and his tongue became desiccated and swollen…

He managed to force some words around it. “Some ghastly coffee,” he mumbled, “I gotta have some ghastly coffee: I’ve been running around like a moron for hours: I’m so dehydrated!”

© Paul Trevor Nolan 2021

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