Thursday, 8 November 2018

Tuesday Tales on Thursday ~ Summer BlockBuster 2018 ~ The Clockwurk Labyrinth **EPILOGUE**

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Tuesday Tails Summer BlockBuster 2018 - The Clockwurk Labyrinth Chapters 10 ~ 11 @BionicBasil.com

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The Clockwurk Labyrinth 

If mew missed the thrilling start of our latest adventure, here are the catch up links...


And now here's the epilogue...


Epilogue 

        I tapped my comms unit and said. “This is Basil, I need the extractor fans on max in BD1 stat!” 

Horice waved his trunk from way, way down the corridor, then he lifted Posie and Snowie high above the refugee crowd that was separating us.   

Snowie and Posie shrieked with delight and waved madly from their purrch. “Basil!” 

“What’s up?” I asked. 

“It’s precisely 4 minutes and 31 seconds since mew got back and we haven’t even seen mew yet!” Snowie replied as she adjusted her comms unit. 

“Extractor fans are on!” Posie confirmed waving her tablet and grinning. “And thank cod mew’re all safe!” 

I waved and smiled happily. I was so glad to be home too. 

Turning towards the windows in BD1, I heard the motors whirling into life and I finally relaxed knowing that if there were any particles of that confounded Grandfather clock left here, they were now scattered to the four winds. 

Fudge appeared at my side and looked at me with the saddest-eyes and said quietly. “Basil I’m so so sorry, if I’d known that thing was a portal to another dimension I would have asked mew furst!” 

“Dude, stop, purrlease stop apologising,” I patted him on the shoulder, pulling him into a hug. “I can’t thank mew enough because look...” 

Letting him go, I gestured along the corridor. “Look!” I smiled widely, there must have been at least 50 creatures; all different shapes, sizes, colours and species, chattering, hooting, snuffling, squeaking and chirruping among themselves. “Mew saved them dude, mew saved them all!” 

Fudge looked at me, tears streaming down his face. “But it could’ve ended so badly fur effuryone...” 

Taking him by the shoulders, I turned him to face my old team. “Mew see those guys offur there?”  Fudge nodded and I continued. “They were my old team before I retired from the F.I.B.!” 

“They’re the original B Team?” he asked in awe. 

Nodding I said. “I told mew that in the maze.” 

“Mew did, wow I don’t remember,” he mused, then added. “But then all I can remember is mew jumping in front of me and throwing that thing back at the old one...”  An orange pom pom creature peeked at me offur Fudge's shoulder and chirruped.  Fudge said. “Squash says...” 

“Squash, who the fluff is that?” 

“Squash is the little orange dude on my shoulder, the pink one,” Fudge said as right on cue the pink pom pom appeared behind Squash. “Her name is Squish, she’s Squash's sisfur.” 

“Pawesome!” I said grinning. “Really great to meet mew little fluffy little dudes and dudettes.” They chirruped excitedly. “Thank mew Squish fur that epic force-field, mew have some mad skills!” 

Squish quivered, her pink fur rippling before standing completely on end and she spoke in purrfect English, though her pitch was quite high. “Commander Basil it is an honour to meet mew and my purrleasure to assist mew defeating The Old One.” 

Staring in astonishment I was speechless and the phrase, ‘cat got your tongue?’ couldn’t have been any more purrfect than in that moment. 

Squish bubbled with enthusiasm as she continued. “Many of the captives in the labyrinth spent endless nights listening to the cats speak about Commander Basil and tell stories of such daring adventures, fraught with danger and that mew neffur left anypurrdy behind... that mew would come to save them and us too.“ Squish paused thoughtfully, before saying. “And we loved those stories, they brought us hope and kept a beacon shining in the darkness fur us.” 

Extending my paw, she hopped on and scurried up to my shoulder, leaning against my cheek and what I experienced next was akin to a Vulcan mind-meld.  Images flashed in my minds-eye and I suddenly blurted, “STOP!”  Squish backed away and the images faded. “Squish,” I murmured softly. “Those bad memories need to be released so mew can be free to move on...” 

“Move on where, we have nowhere to go?” she mewled sadly. 

“I didn’t mean move on literally... move on in your mind and be free of the past,” I explained and added. “Besides I thought mew guys were all going to move into the bunker with us as we’ve got bags of room and I know Fudge would love it if mew stayed.” 

Fudge who’d been conspicuously quiet almost squeaked with happiness. “Really dude, they can stay, fur sure, mew purromise?” he gushed. 

I nodded. “Furever dude, but mew know the rules, no guns, no piddling in the corridors or any place fur that matter other than the designated latrines, no mess, no joy riding, no blowing stuff up, no touching anything on levels 2 - 5 effur,” I took a breath. “Well mew’ve got the BBHQ handbook, so mew‘re in charge of our new furriends being brought up to speed with the bunker health and safety protocols, rules and regulations, ok?” 

“REALLY? REALLY? OMC Basil that’s the best assignment effur!” Fudge yelled. “Can I take them down to level 8 with Horice?” 

“Sure, great idea, take Parsley and Smooch with mew and let’s find out what they like to eat and lets hope it’s not us!” I laughed. 

Fudge whistled and the corridor went silent, mew could have heard a pin drop and he said. “Anyone from the eveel dimension follow me now!” Striding forward, the sea of creatures parted and Fudge strode proudly along the corridor with the creatures falling in behind to follow him. 

It did make me laugh as he rounded the corner and gave me a little wave. It was like watching the Pied Piper and his magickal creatures with Horice bringing up the rear, and I made a mental note to scoot down to level 8 next.  “Well now they’ve got sorted I think we need a chat,” I said to the B & B Team. “Let's go to the canteen as I’m famished.” 

Posie led the way as Pandora, Humphrey, Snowie, Amber followed and I brought up the rear with Winston, GD, Chuffer, Mad Cat and Solitaire.  I looked at my old team and when I say they looked wurse fur wear that was an understatement, and my heart squeezed in my chest as I imagined the horrors they suffered. 

Posie put the kettle on and began to see what food was available, Snowie helped get the old team settled around a large refectory table and Humphrey said. “Dudes, mew guys look done in!”   

Winston sighed heavily and rested his head on the table. Chuffer looked at me and asked. “Commander, can I ask me a favour?” 

I grinned at the tuxedo, he was skin and bone, as were all my old team. And I replied as cheerfully as I could. "Sure Chuffer what do mew need dude?” 

“I could really do with one of those nip cigars, the special Cuban ones mew keep stashed!” 

“Wait there.” I headed fur my office and was back with the cigar box and a lighter a few minutes later. I clipped the end of the cigar and passed it to Chuffer, sparking the lighter he started to puff, the sweet aroma of the secret nip blend filled the air and I inhaled deeply remembering all the times Chuffer and I had shared a cigar aftur our F.I.B. missions.  Smiling widely, I said. “Dude how is that?” 

He coughed a little and said. “OH MY COD! That is just the best, it feels like fureffur since I had one!” 

Posie placed a tray of steaming mugs on the table and began to pass them around as Snowie brought the sugar and cream along with a plate of nip cookies. “Dive in!” she said. “And in a little while we can have some salmon casserole, I just put it in the oven.” 

Smooch, Fudge and Parsley appeared and sat at the table. “Horice is watching the creatures,” Fudge said. “I’ll be going back down soon to check though, and yes, they're all being fed and luckily fur us they’re all vegetarians!” 

“Good job Fudge,” I said. “And now that effuryone is here, let me begin the formal introductions.” 

A few minutes later aftur effuryone was properly introduced, Solitaire said. “Fudge, thank mew.” 

Fudge looked at the Siamese and replied. “Mew would have done the same fur me.” 

Chuffer, Winston, Mad Cat, GD and Solitaire all began to talk at once; telling us of their doomed mission when C.J. asked them to go into the clock and rescue the other agents, it was in that moment I suddenly realised Diggs wasn’t with us. “Where’s Diggs?” 

Effuryone looked around and Snowie picked up a tablet and began a bunker search fur him via the security camera system. He's trying to open the bunker door Basil, and right then the alarm sounded. 

“Unauthorised User At Main Entry... Unauthorised User At Main Entry!” the A.I. said in her robotic voice. 

“What the fluff is he doing?” I yelled as I raced from the canteen towards the main entry. 

Hurtling along the corridor with Parsley, Pandora, Smooch and Humphrey at my heels we reached the outer door just as Diggs managed to offur-ride the system.  The huge metal doors opened and standing there was C.J. Catkin Director of the F.I.B. also my old employer. 

It was still raining, a fine drizzle instead of the monsoon that was raging before we left. He stood there looking rather old and disheveled. 

”Commander Basil!” He saluted me, I didn't return the gesture as he continued. “It’s mighty fine to see mew back and I understand from young Diggs here that mew managed to rescue your old team and a gaggle of alien creatures.” 

I didn’t answer as he continued. “I’ve come to take them all back to F.I.B. HQ and your old team too.” 

I raised an eyebrow as I choked back the anger that was suddenly raging through me. Taking a step forward I glanced offur my shoulder and saw my old team standing behind me and I said to them. “Guys do mew want to go back and wurk with C.J. or would mew prefer to stay here, recuperate and then decide?” 

There wasn’t a moments hesitation and they all replied. “We’re staying with mew Commander!”  

Taking another step towards to doorway, Diggs moved outside next to C.J. as I said. “Diggs, I appreciate that mew did what mew had to do and call it in, mew're young and have a lot to learn,” I took a breath as I was seething inside as I added. “C.J. mew heard the team, they’re staying with me.” 

“But they’re under contract,” C.J. retorted. “I own them!” 

Oh man, he really just pressed the wrong button. ”Dude, their contracts ran out while they were trapped in that cesspit dimension, and they won’t be renewing anytime soon and as fur the creatures that came back with us, they have asylum here in Mewton-Clawson and mew can't touch them, so get back in your chopper and get the fluff off my property, out of my village and stay the heck away...” I growled adding. “I’ll be in touch at some point in the future when I need a favour but in the meantime dude, stay the fluff away and if mew do try anything, know I’ll unleash effurything at my disposal at mew.” 

C.J. looked me squarely in the eye and replied. “I have my orders, your old team and the refugees are mine!” 

I was stood in the doorway and I jabbed my paw in C.J.’s chest. ”Back off dude, the only reason mew’re still able to speak right now is because me and my team managed to rescue Winston, GD, Solitaire, Chuffer and Mad Cat, if anything had happened to them because of mew we wouldn’t be talking right now because I’d be burying mew... so turn around, walk away and don’t effur come here uninvited again!” 

I saw a flicker in his eyes, I knew that look and I added coldly. “And don’t go sending any of your Black Ops teams here, I think mew’ve lost enough good agents since I left the F.I.B., don’t go sacrificing anymore as mew know what will happen if mew attack me.” 

He sucked in a loud breath and let it out slowly. “Fine Basil, but this isn’t offur!” 

“Oh heck no, it’s not offur by a long shot, this is a new beginning and mew owe me, so get lost and when I’m ready to talk I’ll be in touch!” I said stepping back and hitting the emergency close button and the steel doors banged shut. 

*    *    *

       The next morning I was sat in my office when I heard a light knock on the door, I knew Parsley, Smooch and Fudge were doing a weapons inventory, Humphrey was directing proceedings and Amber, Snowie, Pandora and Posie were in the control room sorting out a plan to accommodate our new influx. “Come in!” I said knowing who it was. 

Winston, Solitaire, GD, Mad cat and Chuffer stepped inside and closed the door. Winston said as he sat in one of the chairs facing my antique desk. “Thank mew Basil.”  

I let out a sigh and said, “Guys if I’d known what had happened I would've found a way sooner to get mew back, I’m sorry mew were there fur so long.” 

Stepping around my desk I gave them all a hug. They looked so much better this morning aftur a bath, a good nights sleep in a real bed and plenty of nourishment, and I made a note to get Humphrey to formulate a new cat food that would restore them to their former magnificence in no time. “Mew’re all looking so much better,” I said smiling as the group hug broke apart. “And whateffur mew need, just ask, we have most things here in the bunker but if mew want anything else Amber can order it in fur mew ok?” 

They nodded gratefully and GD said softly. “We can’t thank mew enough Basil.” She had the most unusual markings, striking in fact.  One side of her face was light grey and the other jet black and she had the most exquisite eyes, one blue and one green. She was one of the supurr rare two-faced cats and I stared at her in wunder. "GD I’m just relieved mew’re safe and guys mew can stay as long as mew want, C.J. can go and get stuffed fur all I care!” 

“That’s why we're here Basil,” Mad Cat drawled as he adjusted his eye-patch. “We’ve been talking amongst ourselves and we all wanna join your new crew, we wanna stay fureffur!” 

My heart swelled with joy at hearing those wurds and as I looked at my old team I suddenly noticed the tapestry behind my chair, the tree was now full;  effuryone was on there including Horice, all the magickal creatures and they were all waving; and in that moment I knew there was no place like home and nothing better than furmilly as I said choking back the lump in my throat. “Mew don’t know how happy that makes me!” 

*    *    *

A few weeks later...

           We’d had such a great time since settling back in, and my old team had assimilated beautifully into our way of life and they were all restored back to full health thanks to Humphreys’ Special Supurr BB Food.  Horice had been counselling anypurrdy that needed it to help offurcome their individual traumas and with his magickal assistance along with Pandora's newly revealed magickal gifts, plus Posie’s expert nursing skills, effurypurrdy was back on track. 

We were like a well oiled machine. Even the creatures had been a joy to have around, Fudge always had a little posse following him about with Squash firmly esconced on his shoulder, and Horice loved having them with him in the biosphere on level 8, it gave him real purrpose, and as we all wurked together our already formidable bond was strengthened even further. 

Deezul finally finished transforming level 16 into a 15 acre magickal forest by reprogramming the nano-bots to create the purrfect environment fur our magickal menagerie, it was incredible, a wurk of art and it even had a lake complete with an island in the middle fur Camomile. The creatures loved splitting their time between the bio-sphere and forest, and I noticed that Horice seemed rejuvenated now he had a new herd, although Smooch's Snorggs were kept in a terrarium aftur he accidentally zapped them back to full size and they got stuck in the corridor; it took 3 days to get rid of the slime.  

I was just on my way to the control room fur our weekly scheduled meeting when I bumped into Fudge as I stepped out of my office. The book he was carrying flew into the air and he lunged fur it. Catching the tome, he landed and spun to face me with a grin and said, "Oh great timing Basil, I can walk with mew to the control room!" he beamed and moved the book to his side so I couldn't see it purroperly.

"What's that?" I asked jabbing my paw towards the book.

Pandora raced up behind, shouting as she offur-took us. "Mew'll both be late and Basil will go nuts!" she joked and scooted off. 

Parsley, Smooch and Humphrey were the next to jog by, followed by Winston and Chuffer.

"Don't push me Smooch!" Parsley laughed as Smooch tried to race ahead.

Furgetting the book fur a moment I yelled. "What the fluff dudes!" And sped aftur them with Fudge hot on my heels. 

Entering the control room, effurypurrdy sat at their stations looking highly suspicious, my fur quivered as I asked. "Should I be wurried?"

Fudge laughed and pushed the book at me saying, "No!"

"What is going on?" I began to grin.

"Fur Cods look at the book!" They all chorused.

Looking at the cover, I read the title 3 times before it finally sank in. "That is unbelievable dude!" I said in awe, in fact mew could have dipped me in the finest cream, rolled me in kibble and called me Kevin and I wouldn't have been any more surprised.

"Basil we've been documenting the creatures and this is the result, The BB HQ Creature Compendium, what do mew think?" Fudge grinned at me. 

I looked at Fudge and then effurypurrdy else saying, "Guys this is absolutely EPICALLY EPIC!" before adding jokingly. "So that's what mew've been doing, I was beginning to think mew were avoiding me!"

"We thought it'd make a great addition the the bunker library and we can keep updating it," Smooch smirked.

"From intel on future missions!" Parsley chuckled.

"In different dimensions," Winston beamed.

"And far away galaxies," GD laughed.

"To distant wurlds," Solitaire added.

"Where we right wrongs," Chuffer said.

"And help those in need," Humphrey gave me the nod. 

"Restore order where there's chaos," Snowie smiled.

"Save those that need saving," Amber beamed.

"Stop," I said suddenly. "Have we got a new mission?"

Posie laughed and said, "Mew tell him Mad Cat." 

Mad Cat stood up, saluted and clearing his throat said. "Commander Basil we just received a message from a Miss Warts and her feline furmiliar Mog, to ask fur assistance at their academy fur feline furmiliars."

I pondered this fur a moment before saying. "Is that the prestigious Academy of Alternative Arts?"

Pandora was grinning like a cat that had not only got the cream but the entire Jersey cattle herd too as she nodded excitedly saying. "Basil Ms Varts needs our 'elp, the students are going missing neffur to be seen again, she's beside 'erself as she thinks an ancient prophecy is apaw."

Looking at at my team I yelled excitedly, "PACK YOUR TRUNKS, WE'RE GOING TO MOGWARTS!"

**THE END**

Well, mew guys know that's not THE END, only the end fur now... MOL


OH MY COD! 

What a conclusion, what a journey, I can barely catch my breath! MOL  But if mew have any questions feel to to ask and we'll do our best to answer them.

We do hope mew've enjoyed our latest adventure and yes, it will be turned into a book fur early next year. We are still wurking on all the others right now and hopefully by the New Year mew'll be able to get your mittens on them all.

And in the meantime if mew have a purroblem, and nopurrdy else can help, mew know who to call!

Thanks so much fur joining us on another wildly epically epic adventure, Amber will be here tomorrow with a new book just fur mew, so we hope mew can join us then! 

This is 

 Commander Basil and The B Team
Offur and Out


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8 comments:

  1. Wow, that was some conclusion, mew guys! We love how things all worked out, and how the old and new B Teams fit so seamlessly together. We're eso xcited for your book in the Mew Year. :)

    Hugs!

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  2. Oh WOW! You guys are going to MOGWARTS!!!! I can't wait to see what happens there, and find out what the new case is... Don't be shy about sending postcards when you get there, MOL
    Purrs
    ERin

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  3. We had to go back to the previous chapters because we missed some, and we were right : what a pawsome adventure, the conclusion is so unexpected ! Well done ! Purrs

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  4. Dang, I don't know how you do it, you always keep my paws sweating with the suspense, well done!

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  5. Oh! What a terrific story; I'm sorta sorry that it's over! Such action, such suspense, such bravery! Thank you for sharing it with us!

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  6. That was a great adventure, and I am glad everything ended happily for the old team and the little pompom creatures.
    I can't wait for the next epic adventure!

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  7. Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop gang!

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  8. OOO my cat. CATCHING UP! This is TOTLLY EPIC!!!!!!!! Thank you for an amazing ending.

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