James writes his stories several weeks in advance, and had included our dear friend Rosco in this week's story. I am glad to say that Thalia loves the idea of Rosco continuing to play a part in Canine Hills. Paul
Albert hoped there was good batteries in the net, because he has been standing in one place listening to it humming for a week, and his paws were aching. Just then a little time machine zipped past him, so off Albert went again chasing after it, the little machine flew out of the football stadium into the street, and Albert panted after it, and he barged past Barney Tatlock who grumbled “Kids haven’t got no respect today - during the war ………”
Albert didn’t have time to listen to Barney moaning and shouted “Sorry!” as he ran up the street, Albert managed to get close to the time machine so he held his net aloft and the little time machine shuddered to a halt and then flew backwards in to the net, then it was stuck fast to the back of the net. Albert puffed “One down one to go”
So he put his paw over the net just incase the little machine escaped, then he noticed something glinting in the sun, so he went to investigate, and he see that it was the other little time machine that was by the café, then Sascha came out of the café and the little machine flew inside, Albert thought to himself “Oh no how am I going catch this one - what if someone eats it“, he said “Hi” to Sascha, who replied “Hello and goodbye” as Albert zoomed into the café”
Bally and Jack were behind the counter and quickly hid their design for their carnival float, Bally said “Albert - what are you doing with that net in here?” Jack added “Be careful you may break something waving it about” Albert replied “If I told you - you wouldn’t believe me” Then he noticed the little machine was hovering above Jack and Bally’s heads, Albert got closer held his net up and Bally asked “What on earth are you doing?” The other machine stopped dead in midair then wobbled a bit and flew backwards into the net, Albert heaved a sigh of relief and thought to himself “How am I going get out of this one” the he said “I like your design for your float” Bally said “What design? What float” pushing the design further under the counter, Albert said “Gotta go - bye”
Albert ran home as fast as his legs would carry him, dashed to Bonnies lab, switched the computers on, then said out loud, “When I turn this net off these machines will escape and buzz around this lab - it took me long enough to catch them” Then he noticed words appearing on the computer - but he wasn’t typing - they read HELLO MY LITTLE ALBERT EINSTEIN, IT IS GRANNY BON BON HERE. Albert called “Granny Bon Bon you are here to help me” more words appeared on the screen they read “GO TO THE SECOND COMPUTER AND PRESS THE BUTTON F8, THAT WILL OPEN THE COMMUNICATION LINES BETWEEN YOU AND THE MACHINES. Albert did this, then he could hear faint voices coming through the computer, another message appeared which read, TELL THE LITTLE DOGS NOT TO BE AFRAID - YOU ARE SENDING THEM HOME TO THEIR OWN TIME AND DIMENSION, ONCE YOU TURN THE TIME VORTEX ON AND THE LIGHT COMES OUT, THEY HAVE TO HIT THEIR FULL SPEED AND GO THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE LIGHT.
Albert did what bonnie requested, then a little voice said “Excuse me - who are you?” Albert cleared his throat and said “I am Albert - who are you” a voice came back, “I am Trevor - how do you know about the time vortex?” Albert replied “My Granny Bonnie the Boffin showed me” Trevor replied “Bonnie, we salute Bonnie - we will do what ever you say” So Albert switched the net off, the two machines left the net and hovered around him, another message appeared on the screen NOW ALBERT - YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO, JUST STAY BEHIND THE SHEILD ONCE YOU HAVE PULLED THE LEVER, GOT TO GO NOW - WILL VISIT SOON - LOVE YOU, Albert had a tear in his eye and said “Love you too Granny Bonnie” Albert wiped his eyes and said out loud “Are you guys ready to go home” Albert could faintly hear cheering. So Albert went to the computer pressed control - he went behind the shield and said “Ready” the machines flew to the opposite wall, Albert pulled the lever, a whoosh of light came out, the two machines hit full speed and headed straight for the middle of the beam and then they were gone. Albert thought to himself “I hope they get home ok”
Meanwhile back at the Squeaky Toy Inn, Shadow was waving Bella and Holly off, Foxy was taking them to Dogwick airport - the girls were off on a international brewery course, they have always wanted to run there own bar overseas. Shadow and Levi each wiped a tear away and Levi put a notice up Bar staff required - no experience necessary, training will be given.
Shadow and Levi looked across the street and noticed Rosco was helping Milo, Mackey, Freddie and Baz with their float, Levi called “Hey boys - your floats looking good - what is your theme going to be?” Baz replied “We are doing pirates of penzance” Mackey laughed “Arrr me hearties - come and walk the plank” Levi and Shadow laughed.
Little Poppy walked past the boys with her new beau Jingles, and said jokingly “I don’t have to do a float, my float is done for me” Freddie and Milo said together “oooooooooh - arrrr shiver me timbers” they all laughed.
Coming around the corner was the Lurcher marching band practising their march for the carnival, but Sparkie and Hamish had crept along side with their triangles, the band leader Mr Tiggywig shouted “HALT” But he didn’t shout loud enough and only the front rank heard him - they stopped and the rest didn’t and they all bumped into each other. Mr Tiggywig said “Sparkie and Hamish fantastic job on the triangles - your in” but we really have to get ourselves in some sort of order for next week” All band members nodded, Mr Tiggywig held his baton aloft and shouted “BAND SHUN - BAND READY - BY THE CENTRE - QUICK MARCH” the band started to play and off they marched.
Jenny who was in the cabin came out with Zeea to see what the noise was about, they looked down the street and Jenny said to Zeea “Oh no who invited them - I see they are doing their float” Zeea replied “I hear they are called the 3 witches of Eastwick” Jenny said “I heard a rumour that if they look at you they can turn you into funny looking things” Zeea replied “Lets not take any chances”
Jenny and Zeea both dashed back into the shop, Zeea looked through the stock of sunglasses and chose a real dark pair and said “If I wear these they won’t see my eyes so they can’t turn me into anything” Jenny said “I will have a pair of those as well” Jenny paid for the glasses, put them on but they were so dark she walked into the door, Jenny remarked “These are good glasses” Jenny adjusted her rollers and went home.