This was to be Bubble’s swansong. She couldn’t resist the promise of one more puce adventure so thrilling, so fraught with danger and thrills, a fitting legacy for her slidiness. But she couldn’t do it alone. She needed the largest team of FP superheroes ever assembled. The crème de la crème de menthe. This was to be her fate and their collective destiny.
So Bubbles began to assemble a band of brothers: a band of Friday Phrases superheroes. All united in a common purpose, a spiritual crusade, to search for the holy grail of Friday Phrases….
The Quest for the Golden Friday Phrases Unicorn.
The Bandit sat by the pool sipping Shiraz through a hosepipe. The slidy phone rang. Hernandez answered it.
“Si? Senorita Bubbles! Senor Bandit! Eets Bubbles!”
“Hi Bubbles Darling! Enjoying retirement?”
“Don’t you darling me Bandit! And no I’m not actually and that’s why I need your help.”
“The Golden Friday Phrases Unicorn…”
“Ah. HERNANDEZ! Fetch the puce slidymobile. We’re back!!”
All over the known and unknown world, and below it too, slidy phones rang and the call went out to every member of TLOTFPC’s (The League of Tricksy FP Characters).
Mrs Hoititoit broke off her conversation with Henrietta, Kim and Tim gave Demetri the slip and Timmy left class.
“What’s that infernal noise?”
“I haven’t heard that for a long, long time Jeffrey. I think that’s the secret slidy phone”
“That means that Bubbles needs us”
“Best answer it Jeffrey”
“Hello? Bubbles is that you? Bubbles! Yes of course we will.”
“Bubbles needs our help dear”
“That’s nice. Gin?”
Deep within the mysterious mists of Trippy Dippy Serendipity Land, safe from the prying eyes of mere mortals, is TLOTFPC’s galaxy headquarters. (It’s not made of velvet chocolate. Sorry to disappoint). It is indescribably beautiful. An ethereal presence. An imagination. And only reachable through a magic time portal. A portal so old that it predates time. A timeless time portal.
The first to arrive was The Bandit and Hernandez. They zipped out of the portal at 5 gazillion light years per hour. Hernandez activated the emergency brake, but it was too late and they crashed. The resulting crater was over two miles deep. Bubbles stood at the edge and peered in.
“BANDIT!” she called.
“I’m ok, I’m ok, I’m ok” echoed Bandit. “Have you got a rope?”
“I’ll give you rope!”
Just then Timmy arrived and joined Bubbles at the crater’s edge. Then Mrs Hoititoit, Kim and Tim and finally Cybil and Jeffrey.
“Perhaps a nice Gin for everyone?”
“YES PLEASE!” they cried.
“What about us?” asked Bandit.
“You got yourself into this mess…”
Much later. Then later still. Everyone gathered around the round table of fate and destiny and Bubbles unfurled a piece of a ragged parchment map. In turn everyone put their piece onto the table until the map was complete.
“It’s not a very good map, is it?” remarked Timmy.
“It’s almost as if it was drawn by a child”
“It was” said Bubbles.
“It was drawn by Tricksy when he was loaned out as a small child to the Escoplotitans of Eraticus Minor”
“You’ve just made that up!”
They huddled over the map. Then they had a group hug. Mrs Hoititoit made tea (which Cybil and Jeffrey laced with Gin) and Kim and Tim flitted about nervously as International water skiing spies do.
Meanwhile, The Bandit and Hernandez had unfolded the portable Shiraz pool and lay lounging under the serendipitous mists, wondering what the day ahead would bring.
‘The day ahead’ thought Bubbles. ‘The quest for the Golden Friday Phrases Unicorn’
Then her thoughts turned to home. And out of the mists, high in the sky above Trippy dippy Serendipity Land, a small group of stars twinkled. She was safe in this place. Her guardian stars would look after her. She would complete this final challenge and be back in time for Saturday tea.
As night chilled, the super dooper band of characters snuggled down to sleep. Full of excitement for the adventure ahead and full of Gin, Shiraz and tea. And, in Timmy’s case, full of youthful exuberance.
Tomorrow would bring challenges and excitement and thrills galore. They would meet strange creatures like the seven eyed slideruleisorus and the rumpy pumpy spiders of Lendmeyourspoon.
Will they succeed in their challenge?
Will Bubbles find her holy FP grail?
Will The Bandit be sober enough to make it through the day?
Find out this and much, much more in next week’s enthralling episode!